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3 New York Design Happenings to Check Out This Week

Paige Donovan, Cactus, 2018. Photo: Paige Donovan/Courtesy of Center for Creative Works

Here’s a roundup of the latest sales, interior-design events, and industry affairs in New York this week.

The Winter Show

The Winter Show—née Winter Antiques Show—is an annual benefit supporting East Side House Settlement’s community programs. It’s also the standout art, antique, and design fair in a very crowded field. Returning to the Park Avenue Armory for its 65th anniversary, the show boasts 68 top experts in fine and decorative arts from across the globe and a diverse collection of works from antiquity up through the present day. New York design editor Wendy Goodman will be participating, naturally. She is hosting the glamorous Young Collectors Night fête on January 24 alongside Zac Posen. She’ll also host an intimate discussion of her latest book, May I Come In?, entitled “May I Come In? Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses,” on the evening of January 25. The Winter Show runs January 18–27 at the Armory (Park Ave. at 67th St.). Daily admission is $25. Purchase tickets online.

Outsider Art Fair

Now in its 27th New York City edition, the Outsider Art Fair, running January 17–20 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St.), is like the Winter Show’s cooler younger sister. OAF is the only fair dedicated to self-taught artists, art brut, and outsider art. The fair showcases 65 exhibitors from 37 cities in seven different countries, with eight first-time galleries appearing. This year’s curated spaces are “Good Kids: Underground Comics from China,” displaying zines and original drawings by Chinese artists that are too controversial to distribute in mainland China, as well as an homage to the late art dealer Phyllis Kind, who championed outsider artists long before her contemporaries took them seriously. Featured artists include James Castle, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Anna Zemánková, Jim Carrey, Bill Traylor, Miroslav Tichý, and many, many more. Visit the website to see the full exhibitor list and the calendar of special programming on offer. Daily admission is $27. Purchase tickets online.

In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day

During this January 19 symposium, the Met presents an impressive roster of contemporary architects, artists, photographers, writers, and filmmakers, who will share the best spatial projects of the past year (Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.). You will hear from architects working in Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, and China. You’ll learn about an opera performed on New York City’s High Line. You’ll get familiar with the work of the pioneer of New Andean Architecture, who is shedding light on the architecture of the indigenous cultures of Bolivia. See the full program and schedule online here. Attendance is free with museum admission, but space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Register online for the morning or afternoon session.

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