3 Special Features You Won’t Want to Miss at the New York Affordable Art Fair This Fall

The city's most approachable fair is back with a few new tricks.

Courtesy of the Affordable Art Fair.
Courtesy of the Affordable Art Fair.

The Affordable Art Fair might be New York’s most approachable fair. The biannual event is back for its fall edition this September with fun new features like stroller hours, when the little ones have a chance to look at (but not touch) the art.

There’s a lot more on the horizon for this edition, too. Check out the novel offerings below.

An Exhibition of Emerging Ceramics Artists in Collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University

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Laura Miller, Valley and Bridge (2019). Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University.

The fair has partnered with the ceramics program at Teachers College, Columbia University, to bring visitors a unique group of works by rising contemporary ceramicists. This is a rare opportunity to access works not usually available on such a broad platform. “This collaboration is very special,” said Aimée Ehrman, instructor and doctoral student. “It showcases the vibrant community of artists and educators that we currently have working within the ceramic studio at Teachers College, while also providing experience for students to be exposed to and build relationships deeper within the art world.”

A Mid-Morning Hour Devoted to Art and Design Professionals

Courtesy of the Affordable Art Fair.

Courtesy of the Affordable Art Fair.

Sick of pushing through crowds trying to get a good look at literally anything? The Affordable Art Fair is attempting to remedy the impersonal, crowded feel of many fairs by devoting an hour on the mornings of Thursday, September 26,  and Friday, September 27, solely to arts and design professionals. Don’t worry about having to rise at daybreak either—it starts at 11 a.m. so you’ll be well rested for the chance to chat. “We have wonderful longstanding relationships with trade professionals, and having trade hours gives us the opportunity to host them in the booth during quieter times and spend more time catching up in person,” said Tze Chun, the founder of Uprise Art. You’ll need a special ticket though, so be sure to plan ahead.

Lunch Time Talks (That Come With Food!) 

Lunch Time Talks Return for the Fall Edition.

Lunch Time Talks Return for the Fall Edition.

Get your lunch with a little art-world guru-ism on the side. This series of mid-day talks brings together industry leaders for conversations about some of the more pertinent topics of today’s art world. Boxed lunches will be provided. Our recommendations include Thursday’s talk with the Female Design Council (FDC), where successful designers, art advisors, and working artists will share stories from the field, along with Friday’s panel featuring the Black Artists + Designers Guild, which will examine the ways art and design define contemporary culture and build a historic legacy.

 A Private View will take place on September 25, 6pm–9pm. The Affordable Art Fair will take place September 26 through 29 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.


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