Opening Night of the International Art & Antique Show

If you walked past the Park Avenue Armory yesterday or even today, you probably saw lots of activity, as trucks and vans were parked curbside unloading boxes and containers carrying artwork, antiques and hidden treasures. The Annual International Art & Antique Show is in town. This show features 67 of the world’s most prominent specialist dealers in fine art, antiques and design from around the world.


Photo by Park Avenue Armory

The event is in partnership with the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and it’s 27th Annual Opening Night Gala takes place on Thursday, October 22nd at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For information regarding tickets, you can contact Following this event, the show remains at the Armory through Thursday, October 29th.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering has hosted the Opening Night Gala since the show’s inception in 1989, an event that routinely raises over half-a-million dollars to benefit The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This year, Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of ELLE DECOR, serves  as the Opening Night’s Design Committee Chair. He shared with us list of “favorite” curated pieces featured at this event.

According to Michael Boodro, “These objects were coveted and considered beautiful the day they were made, which is why they have been treasured and protected ever since.”

 “And if they looked fantastic in someone’s home 200 years ago, or 500 years ago, there is no reason they won’t look great in yours today. The trick is never to lose sight of the moment in which we live and to mix them with contemporary pieces—no one wants to live in a museum period room. And don’t feel you have to confine yourself to one style or one period. Buy what you love and then display it, live with it, use it, and treasure it. Take care of your antiques, of course, but remember, they are there to enrich your home and your life.”

Here are Michael’s favorites on view at the show:

Bureau Plat/Frank Partridge

Photo by Haughton International Fairs

“Imagine stashing your laptop in this beauty. Sure, it would be at home in a paneled Park Avenue library, but it would be even more stunning in a downtown loft surrounded by white walls and industrial windows, where its strong lines and refined details would stand out like a magnificent sculpture—which it is.”

Statue of Venus Pudica/Ariadne


Photo by Haughton International Fairs

“What room doesn’t become more beautiful when there is a lovely woman standing in it? There is a reason the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are packed every day, and a reason that virtually every decorating style of the past 500 years has accommodated Greek and Roman statues—whether real or plaster copies. A classic is a classic.”

 TWA’s World Map/ Librairie Signatures


Photo by Haughton International Fairs

“Scale matters, and the sheer size of this impressive illustrated map make it a showstopper. But its charms lie in the illustrations of each continent’s wonders, which look back to Art Deco style to pull the glamor of legendary ocean liners like the Normandie into the jet age.”

This year’s show lasts from October 23rd to the 29th. It’s a wonderful opportunity to view some really spectacular artifacts in very close proximity, and to talk to the expert dealers about their treasures.

Hope to see you there!