Yesterday, nine months after the fair was announced, the Skyline was finally buzzing with local and international artists putting the last touches on their work and staff from galleries setting up their “booths” in the hotel rooms. Check out some early photos of the fair set-up and some of Conner, Smith and Allen’s tips for navigating D.C.’s big new fair. And see preview photos of the But Is It Art? fair, which also opens today.
The kickoff party and concert tonight features members of Fugazi and Thievery Corporation. Saturday’s schedule includes performance art, a panel discussion and a nearby block party. The fair runs through Sunday, and it’s a few blocks from the Navy Yard Metro station.
“When you arrive at the (e)merge fair, grab a fair guide (located in the Art Newspaper Daily) and plot out your day,” says Allen. “If your time is limited, be systematic -- start on Floor 3 and move through the fair to the lower levels … you want to see everything.”
“Take photos of interesting artworks with your phone or camera… but be polite and ask first,” Conner suggests.
“Ask questions,” says Smith, “The galleries and artists are there to talk to you about the art.”
“Take notes the traditional way or with your smartphone,” adds Allen. “After viewing hundreds of works of art, it can be difficult to remember what you saw and where you saw it.”
“The great thing about art is that it is totally subjective. Be confident,”says Smith. “The art that ‘speaks to you’ is what matters most. There is no right or wrong decision.”