If you appreciate art and the contributions made by the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, you might consider heading up to the Park Avenue Armory for the Art Show this week. The venerable event, which benefits one of the neighborhood’s oldest social service organizations, celebrated its 30th anniversary at a Gala Preview Tuesday evening.
The nation’s longest-running art show is hosted each year by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). There are 72 leading galleries exhibiting works through this coming Sunday. Among those spotted at the gala this week were actor Steve Martin, director Woody Allen, actresses Stephanie March and India Ennenga and the visual artist KAWS (Brian Donnelly).
It’s a big year for Henry Street Settlement. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary, preparing to launch a new historical project (The House on Henry Street) and embarking on a major renovation project — the transformation of a shuttered firehouse into the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center.
The Art Show has raised more than $30 million for Henry Street over the years. The local non-profit’s executive director, David Garza, said, “Our Art Show partners – the ADAA, the Park Avenue Armory, the committee, the event sponsors, the Henry Street Board of Directors and team members, and all who support the event – coming together have an enormous impact on improving the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers. The Art Show is the Settlement’s largest fundraiser, and it vital to our work of opening doors for individuals and families when they need us most.”
Artnet News featured some of the more interesting exhibitions.
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