Incident Summary:

10/03/2014: Assailants attacked an art gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, United States. The assailants defaced a photography exhibit on the conflict in Ukraine, distributed anti-Vladimir Putin leaflets, and assaulted German photojournalist Benjamin Hiller with pepper spray before leaving. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Chelsea area of Manhattan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Freelance Photojournalist: Benjamin Hiller
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity ArtBeam
Specific Description Art Gallery
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Pepper spray and paint were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Exhibit on Ukraine Displays Signs of Vandalism," The New York Times Blogs (ArtsBeat), October 5, 2014.
"After Alleged Attack, Making Sense of a Chelsea Exhibition's Murky Backing," Hyperallergic, October 13, 2014.
"NYC Photo Exhibition Vandalized, Curator Attacked," Hyperallergic, October 3, 2014.