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The Gilded Age Glows Again at the Park Avenue Armory’s Veterans Room

March 7, 2016 - "The Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory — completed in 1881 by the then-brand-new dream team of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Candace Wheeler and Samuel Colman — may be as close as any room in New York City comes to such beyond-words fantasia. Depending on which inch you’re looking at, it’s Islamic, Chinese, Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Persian or an indefinable mélange of them all, on which no expense was spared. It’s never been a secret (the year it opened, this newspaper declared it “undoubtedly the most magnificent apartment of the kind in this country”), but for decades its glories have been concealed beneath bad repairs, inadequate lighting, brown paint and a patina of Gilded Age cigar smoke." - Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

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Thompson Family Foundation to Give Park Avenue Armory $65 Million

July 9, 2015 - "The New York City cultural landscape is mapped by the surnames of great patronage: Guggenheim, Whitney, Morgan, Frick, Cooper Hewitt and, more recently, Geffen, Koch and Bloomberg. Now the name of another donor seems likely to enter the lexicon: Wade Thompson. Mr. Thompson, who died in 2009, made his money by reviving the Airstream brand of shiny aluminum trailers, and in the 1990s, he began devoting a sizable amount of his fortune to reviving the grand but crumbling Park Avenue Armory, at 66th Street, which has transformed itself into a hangar-size stage for art, music and performance. The Thompson Family Foundation, which Mr. Thompson began in the late 1980s, has decided to add to the largess and is giving the armory $65 million, which will be used to create an endowment for arts programming and educational initiatives." - Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

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Pierre Audi Is Named Next Artistic Director of Park Avenue Armory

June 2, 2015 - "Pierre Audi is a serious multitasker. He has led the Dutch National Opera since 1988 while also serving as artistic director of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam from 2004 until 2014. Somehow he found time to work as a critically acclaimed director, after founding London’s avant-garde Almeida Theater. Now he’s taken on yet another major position: artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory, a young institution with an ambitious reach." - Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times

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Park Avenue Armory to Restore Tiffany-Designed Veterans Room

April 9, 2015 - "The blue-blooded Park Avenue Armory has announced the next stage of its modernization. The architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron will restore the building’s opulent Veterans Room, which has one of the few surviving interiors designed by Louis C. Tiffany and Company, the firm identified with the American Aesthetic Movement, led by Louis Comfort Tiffany, working with Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler and Stanford White. The work, which began in January, is part of a $200 million renovation of the landmark, and it follows the 2013 restoration of its Board of Officers Room." - Graham Bowley, The New York Times

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The xx Named One of the Top 10 Concerts of 2014

December 29, 2014 - "The fraught interiority of the xx’s music found an almost perfect expression in this stark but dynamic staging that suggested a meditation on distance and scale (and scarcity, at least where tickets were concerned). In an age of ballooning pop spectacle, here was an act of spectacular compression, one that served both to illuminate the songs and to interrogate their premise." - Jon Caramanica, The New York Times

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Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director

November 24, 2014 - "Over the last few years, Culture Shed, the visual- and performing-arts institution planned for the Far West Side of Manhattan, has been nurtured by prominent designers (Elizabeth Diller and David Rockwell); substantial city support ($75 million); and influential advocates (former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his deputy, Daniel L. Doctoroff). Hanging over the project was always a question: Who is going to run it? Now there is an answer: Alex Poots has been named artistic director and chief executive." - Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times

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2015 Season Announcement

November 19, 2014 - "The premiere of a new installation and performance by Laurie Anderson, a multimedia installation by Philippe Parreno, and GOLDBERG, a collaboration between the performance artist Marina Abramovic and the pianist Igor Levit, are among the major attractions in the Park Avenue Armory’s 2015 season." - Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

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Paul McCarthy’s WS Named Best Art Exhibition 2013

December 19, 2013 - "Blood, excrement, alcohol and M & Ms flew through the air as Mr. McCarthy took down targets ranging from Walt Disney (“WS” stands for Snow White backward), himself (the ranch house was a replica of his childhood home) and America’s lust for bigness and waste." - Holland Cotter, The New York Times

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No. 37 Reason to Love New York

December 15, 2013 - "Long the most impressive interior space in New York, the Park Avenue Armory—in the midst of a sensitive rehab by Herzog & de Meuron, allowing us to see anew some of the best woodwork in town—is now even greater." - Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine

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2014 Season Announcement

December 12, 2013 - "Continuing to push the envelope on what constitutes an arts experience, the Park Avenue Armory will fill its sprawling, 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall with a water installation and present the indie British pop band, The xx, as part of its new season beginning March 19." - Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times

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Board of Officers Restoration

October 16, 2013 - "...Park Avenue Armory asks us to pay closer attention to a space where history is still alive and under way. " - Julie Lovine, Wall Street Journal

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Rebecca Robertson Named “Most Influential New Yorker”

October 1, 2013

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Board of Officers Restored

October 1, 2013 - "When the ambitious refurbishing of the landmark Park Avenue Armory is complete, New York will have an alternative arts center unlike any in the world: a national treasure that carefully weaves together historical and new design while encompassing industrial austerity and Belle Époque excess." - Roberta Smith, The New York Times

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Branagh’s ‘Macbeth’ Coming to New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2014

August 20, 2013 - "Fresh off a highly praised run at the Manchester International Festival in England, a new production of “Macbeth” directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford is coming to Manhattan next year. First mounted in a deconsecrated church with the audience seated in long pews, the play will be reimagined in June for the 55,000-square-foot space in the Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall." - Daniel McDermon, The New York Times

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2013 Season Announcement

February 18, 2013 - "Rebecca Robertson, the armory’s president and executive producer, said the season is intended to “blur the line between high art and popular culture” and “ask tough questions about the world in which we live.” " - Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

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National Treasure

January 20, 2011 - "The unique historical Park Avenue Armory has just been stabilized in the first phase of a $200 million restoration project. The armory itself will continue to be transformed through 2013 with a major revitalization project by Herzog & de Meuron." - Lois Weiss, New York Post

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Park Avenue Armory Announces 2010 - 2011 Season

September 29, 2010

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