In my old age (I’m turning 25 in a couple weeks) I’ve started to notice some big changes in my habits. For example, I come home and my bed is made (who did that??), I sometimes find myself eating salads (what??), and my Saturdays that used to be spent boozy brunching have – for the most part – been swapped out for more “adult” activities.
One of those activities is art. Once reserved for “artsy Sundays“, I now find myself hitting up exhibits on the reg. And it’s one of my favorite parts about living in this city. Instead of consuming unlimited cocktails for two hours, I find myself consuming unlimited museums, galleries, exhibits and pop ups.
Both my mom and my liver are thrilled.
When my college girlfriends, Anna (who you’ve met a couple times) and Jenna (who you’ve also met), decided to come into town for a black tie shindig, we all agreed to save (most of) the drinks for the event and headed to the David Zwirner galleries.
… After brunch at Westville with ONE mimosa, of course.
David Zwirner is an American art dealer and gallery owner. He opened his New York gallery just over 25 years ago in SoHo, but it has since moved to Chelsea and gained a sister gallery in London.
The gallery swaps out artists about once a month, and we were lucky to see the most tropical of exhibits in Yutaka Sone’s palm tree magic mixed with some other less tropical pieces…
I also found a new boyfriend, but he’s not a big talker…
And then, by accident, we stumbled upon the Jack Shainman gallery. Jack Shainman’s gallery is about 10 years senior David Zwirner’s and first opened in DC, before hopping up to the East Village (home!!) and then, like Zwirner, moved to SoHo then Chelsea.
Shainman’s gallery focuses on artists from Africa, East Asia, and North America and also swaps out exhibits monthly(ish).
If you’re going to be in town or have a free Saturday to beebop around Chelsea, I highly recommend adding these galleries to your to do list. It’s great for visitors, as it’s extremely close to Chelsea Market and just a quick jaunt from the High Line (both tourist favorites without being too touristy). Wind your way downtown until you hit the Standard Biergarten or the West Village for happy hour.
David Zwirner’s galleries are located at 519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street.
Jack Shainman can be found at 513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street.
You’ll want to set aside about 20-30 minutes per location, depending on how much admiring you want to do (and if you’re anything like me, how many snaps you want to take).