Spring/Break, New York’s annual curator-driven art fair, has announced the theme for its 2018 edition at an as-yet-unnamed venue during Armory Week from March 6 through March 12: “Stranger Comes to Town.”
This “classic binary storytelling trope,” reads a typically eccentric announcement calling for curatorial proposals, will serve as a cue to “consider foreignness and its heresies, the scale of migration and its effects on the artist practice, Otherness in the flip-flop of lionization and fear, and the narrative agents in formal practice that obliterate or confirm the Us and Them from the second half of the adage, ‘All great literature is one of two stories; a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.’ ” Submissions for proposals will be open this year from October 1 through November 20 2017.
More than 100 curators will be selected to present shows that draw on the theme. As in previous years, these curators will exhibit this work in “non-traditional exhibition space.” Last year’s edition took up residence in emptied out former Condé Nast offices in Times Square. The 2015 fair transpired in on two decrepit floors of an old post office by Madison Square Garden.