Walking Tour of Chelsea Art Galleries: Small Group
New York, New York, USA
- Galleries galore: Browse a wide range of galleries, from the well-known and established to those representing up-and-coming talent, and check out exciting current exhibits.
- Artful insights: Gain an overview of the city's multifaceted art scene and enjoy lively conversation with your guide about aspects of contemporary art and collecting art today.
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known as "docents" (Latin for teacher), these Ph.D. and M.A.-level scholar-guides make the difference between seeing and understanding this vibrant art scene.
About This New York Tour
New York City is the epicenter of contemporary art, and Chelsea is at the heart of it all. Whether you are a neophyte art enthusiast or serious collector, the artistic talent and creative energy here will set your spirit soaring. Step into this astonishing district with an art-loving and gallery-savvy guide at your side. You'll maximize your time, and your appreciation for the fabulous art you see.
Chelsea is the place for art lovers. It's a vast maze of galleries with dozens of new shows opening every month, so rely on your guide's knowledge of the galleries and their strengths to chart your course. Look forward inspiring experiences in such dramatic spaces as the Mary Boone Gallery (representing prominent contemporary artists) and the Matthew Marks Gallery (European and American artists of different generations).
You’ll also check out promising younger gallerists like Zach Feuer and Oliver Kamm. In addition, you’ll look at what's happening on the fringe of Chelsea in galleries known for experimental and thought-provoking art. Viewing the work of young or underexposed artists can give you exciting previews of what's next on the contemporary art scene. With six or less in your group, this is an intimate and personalized art walk.
As you stroll from gallery to gallery, you’ll hear the fascinating details about Chelsea's transformation from a gritty industrial district and its swift trajectory to art-world prominence. You also discover that, like every art district, it continues to evolve and change. Art is a transcendent force. And you'll feel its power in Chelsea.
Elevating your art experience
Above Chelsea's streets, the High Line is a public park created from an old raised freight line. After the trains stopped running in early 1980s, a wild tangle of grasses, shrubs, and trees grew up around the old railroad tracks. These hardy species inspired the landscape for this aerial greenway, now a lush backdrop for art. Treat your eye to beautiful wildflowers, stunning city views, and an ever-changing array of art on and around the park.
Please make your way to the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Look for your guide holding a sign with the name of the tour.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Cultural
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide. Strollers permitted.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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