01 May 2024 - 04 May 2024

1-54 New York Contemporary African Art Fair

Starrett-Lehigh Building, 255 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001


New York, NY – 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is pleased to share the details of the 2024 fair. This year’s edition will take place in The Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea (255 11th Avenue) from Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 4, 2024. The fair will host a Press Preview from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 and VIP Preview from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.

Held annually across three continents, in the major cities of London, New York and Marrakech, 1-54 is the leading global event series dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Striving to showcase a community of diverse perspectives, including evolving interpretations of the diasporic experience, 1-54 features international galleries specializing in contemporary African art. This year’s fair spotlights a total of 32 galleries spanning across Europe, Africa and the United States.

This year’s fair represents a diverse selection of galleries from Lagos and Luasanne to Miami and London, including eight 1-54 participants making their debut at the fair. This expansion underscores the fair’s commitment to showcasing the richness and diversity of contemporary African art on a global stage.

Now in its emblematic 10th edition, this year 1-54 New York will take place at The Starrett-Lehigh Building for the first time – a 2.3 million-square-foot premier Manhattan property recognized as a creative campus for influential companies across fashion, entertainment, media, architecture, design and technology. As an anchor of Manhattan’s West Side for nearly 100 years, the building serves as the professional and cultural hub within the Chelsea Arts District, which is known for its concentration of art galleries. 
As the site of this year’s edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York City, The Starrett-Lehigh Building upholds its dedication to inspire, educate and engage the surrounding community.

“We are honored to make our return to New York after last year’s great success,” said 1-54 Founding Director Touria El Glaoui. “This year’s gallery participants and fair partners will make for an incredible selection of artwork and programming that we are excited for our visitors to see.

Press release from 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Image credits: Lulama Wolf. The Consolation Prize. 2023. Image courtesy of the artist & THK Gallery