2019 Interrogations of Form

“The Park Avenue Armory has two consistent modes: The first is to overwhelm; the second is to inspire a quiet conviction that you’re missing something amazing in another part of the building. Both struck with full force…filling the gilded, schizo-baroque rooms and halls with a dazzling mix of artists, thinkers, and impresarios”
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Held in our historic period rooms, these insightful conversations throughout the year feature artists, scholars, cultural leaders, and social trailblazers who gather to offer new points of view and unique perspectives on Armory productions, explore a range of themes and relevant topics, and encourage audiences to think beyond conventional interpretations and perspectives of art.

Symposium: Culture in a Changing America
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, & 6:00pm
Tickets: $25 per session

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Join an interdisciplinary group of artists, thinkers, activists, academics, and community leaders as they explore the role of culture in a changing America. Two main tracks feature keynote conversations, break-out sessions, and artist salons exploring the themes of “Art & Activism” and “Art & Identity”. This symposium is presented in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. Participants to be announced.

Session One: 12:00pm–3:00pm
Choose between the “Art & Activism” or “Art & Identity” track. Each track includes conversations, break-out sessions, and artist salons.

Session Two: 3:00pm–6:00pm
Choose between the “Art & Activism” or “Art & Identity” track. Each track includes conversations, break-out sessions, and artist salons.

Session Three: 6:30pm–7:30pm
Keynote discussion on the status of “Culture in a Changing America.”

Artist Talk: The Lehman Trilogy
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15

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Director Sam Mendes and Ben Power discuss adapting Stefano Massini’s epic and realizing the immigrant story in modern times.

Sunday Salon: Performance Art
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Best known for challenging institutions and power structures with her politically-engaged art projects, Tania Bruguera, installation artist and Armory Artist-in-Residence, hosts an afternoon forum entitled “Political Timing Specificity,” centered on her signature concept of Arte Util (“useful art”).

Confrontational Comedy
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Confrontational Comedy returns for a third year. This unforgettable evening of comedy sets and conversation highlighting the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics. Previous comedians have included: Hari Kondabolu, Negin Farsad, Aparna Nancherla, Jordan Carlos, Jena Friedman, Jes Tom, Leighann Lord, Kathleen Hanna, and Leah Bonnema.

Artist Talk: Everything That Happened and Would Happen
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15

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Artist and composer Heiner Goebbels is joined by fellow collaborators to explore the creation of works that defy categorization and realizing productions in unconventional spaces.

Artist Talk: Drill
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15

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Hito Steyerl explores the inspirations, ideas, and creative development of her ongoing practice.

Sunday Salon: Spoken Word
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Park Avenue Armory and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe mark the 20th anniversary of the Friday Night Poetry Slam (and the 45th anniversary of the Cafe) with an afternoon of literature, performance art, poetry slam, and hip-hop featuring past champions and rising artists.Park Avenue Armory and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe mark the 20th anniversary of the Friday Night Poetry Slam (and the 45th anniversary of the Cafe) with an afternoon of literature, performance art, poetry slam, and hip-hop featuring past champions and rising artists.

Artist Talk: Antigone
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15

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Director Satoshi Miyagi is joined by his collaborators in a discussion of the infusion of Japanese Noh theater and other global traditions in the retelling of a classic Greek tragedy.

Symposium: Theaster Gates & The Black Artists Retreat
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30pm & Saturday, October 12 at 11:00am
Tickets: $25

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Multi-faceted artist Theaster Gates hosts his renowned Black Artists Retreat for the first time outside of Chicago. The Retreat features two public keynote discussions on this year’s theme: sonic imagination. Leading visual and performance artists, filmmakers, musicians, and sound theorists reflect on ways in which sound gives us power.

Artist Talk: Judgment Day
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Director Richard Jones and his fellow creative team members discuss adapting Odon von Horvath’s play for the stage and mounting it in an unconventional space.

Sunday Salon: Dance
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25

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With ballet at a crossroads, a new generation of pioneering artistic directors gather for an afternoon salon to explore what 21st-century beauty looks like in a field that has often looked backward for inspiration. The salon includes conversations, a demonstration, and the seeds of future collaborations. This salon is presented in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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