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The Armory Show just announced its new director ahead of the 2024 show.

The Armory Show just announced its new director ahead of the 2024 show.

Kyla McMillan is the new director of the Armory Show. Photo Alexandra Nova / Courtesy of Frieze

The Armory Show announced yesterday that Kyla McMillan will replace Nicole Berry, who left the art fair in March to become senior director of donor engagement at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. McMillan has held several senior positions in the art industry, including directorships at David Zwirner and Gavin Brown Enterprise. Most recently, she founded the traveling gallery and curatorial, advisory and consulting firm Saint George Projects, which has organized exhibitions with artists such as Alvaro Barrington and Henri Paul Broyard in New York and Los Angeles.

“I am honored to join the Armory Show at this most exciting time in the fair’s history,” McMillan said in a statement. “My goal is to empower collectors and to highlight the fair’s role as a platform for artists, galleries, and art lovers. The Armory Show has long been recognized as a foundational fair for New York and the U.S. art market. I look forward to building on the achievements of the Armory Show while also championing new voices and creating opportunities for diverse perspectives in contemporary art.”

She’ll take up her new position next week, just a few months before the 2024 edition of the New York art fair, which will run Sept. 6–8, with a VIP preview on Sept. 5. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Armory Show, and it’s the first year under the Frieze banner. Indeed, Frieze’s director, Kristell Chadé, and Americas director, Christine Messineo, were at the forefront when the fair announced its exhibitors early last month.

Cristea Roberts Gallery booth at the Armory Show 2023. Photo: Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

More than 145 exhibitors from the previous edition return to the Armory Show, including notable galleries such as 303 Gallery (New York), Dastan Gallery (Tehran), Kasmin (New York), Sean Kelly (New York, Los Angeles), Victoria Mirò (London, Venice), Almine Rech (New York, Paris, Brussels, London, Shanghai), Silverlens (Makati City, New York), Jessica Silverman (San Francisco), and Vielmetter Los Angeles (Los Angeles). Newcomers this year include Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, Mexico), GALLERY BATON (Seoul), LABOR (Mexico), Mingoni (New York), Hannah Traore Gallery (New York), Experimenter (Kolkata, Mumbai), and Wilding Cran (Los Angeles).

Of particular interest will be the Focus section, which will highlight the experimental nature of the Armory with presentations by single or duo artists who will hark back to the original booths from the first edition in 1994 at the Gramercy Hotel. Visitors to the fair will be treated to a walk through the history of the avant-garde with works curated by Robyn Farrell, senior curator at the nonprofit art space The Kitchen.

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The Platform section, curated this year by Eugenie Tsai, will present more ambitious, large-scale works from galleries such as Baró Galeria (Palma Marianne), Boesky Gallery (New York, Aspen), Peter Blum Gallery (New York), Bockley Gallery (Minneapolis), Jeffrey Deitch (New York, Los Angeles), and Lehmann Maupin (New York, Seoul, London, Hong Kong), among others.

This year, the fair will also feature a special section called “Not-For-Profit,” dedicated to non-profit art spaces. Exhibitors include Aperture Foundation (New York), Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (New York), CalArts (Valencia), Fine Art Work Center (Provincetown), Lower East Side Printshop (New York), New York Academy of Art (New York), Tamarind Institute (Albuquerque), Tate London (Liverpool, St Ives), and Tierra Del Sol (Los Angeles).

Creative Year, a renowned institution that produces ambitious public art projects in New York, the United States and internationally, has been recognized this year with the Armory Spotlight Award.