Conversations & LecturesDecember 10 - October 14, 2016

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CONVERSATIONS & LECTURES

Held in our historic period rooms, these insightful conversations 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.
 

Artist Talk: Taryn Simon - BUY TICKETS

Artist Taryn Simon discusses the creation of and process behind her latest work with special guests.

Saturday, September 24 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15
Members: $12


Artist Talk: Circle Map - BUY TICKETS

Composer Kaija Saariaho, video projection designer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss CIRCLE MAP.

Friday, October 14 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15
Members: $12


PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

Two Souls, Two Thoughts: The Art of African American History -
February 26 at 7:30pm

“One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” — W. E. B. Du Bois

In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Arts Program, the Park Avenue Armory has gathered artists, writers and cultural commentators to share their unique, ongoing, and evolving engagements with African American history. Moderated by writer and podcast host Stacia Brown, participants include vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri, multi-media artist Jasmine Murrell, novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney, photographer and professor Deborah Willis, and writer Carl Hancock Rux.

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Stacia L. Brown — A freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, New Republic, Slate, Vox, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and various other publications. Stacia is also the creator and host of “Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City”, a 30-minute audio documentary series featuring the oral histories of businesses, landmarks, and neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

Jasmine Murrell — A Brooklyn-based visual artist who makes work about miracles, miracles that happen in the worst of times and in the most invisible places. She uses a wide range of media including installation, sculpture, land art, and film to invoke a transformative experience around historical erasures.

Darryl Pinckney — A novelist, playwright, essayist, and longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books. His new novel, Black Deutschland, was published on February 2, 2016.

Carl Hancock Rux —  An award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University of California–San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, the University of Iowa, and Brown University.

Imani Uzuri — Vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri creates music that reflects her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family in their small rural church. Uzuri was a 2015 Park Avenue Armory artist-in-residence, and will make her Lincoln Center American Songbook debut in March 2016 performing songs that celebrate Black American vernacular music.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D. —  Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Professor Willis has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships, the Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center for Photography, and recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award.


De Materie: Matter & Spirit - March 24 at 6:00pm

WNYC personality John Schaefer engages director Heiner Goebbels, Columbia University Professor of Music George E. Lewis, and composer Missy Mazzoli in a conversation about the complexities of themes in De Materie.

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Heiner Goebbels -  Visionary German composer and director, Goebbels lives in Frankfurt/Main. Born in 1952, he graduated with degrees in sociology and music. As a composer, he creates music theater works, staged concerts, radio works, and compositions for small ensemble and for big orchestras, collaborating with the finest ensembles, orchestras, and conductors. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Goebbels has composed and directed unique and celebrated music theater works, which have been presented at the most important festivals around the world. From March 22–30, he stages a highly-imaginative production of DE MATERIE, composed by Louis Andriessen, at the Park Avenue Armory.

George E. Lewis - Composer, musicologist, and experimental performer, George Lewis is professor of music at Columbia University.  The author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008), he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow.  His compositions have been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, and others.

Missy Mazzoli – Recently deemed “Brooklyn’s post-millenial Mozart”, composer Missy Mazzoli has had her work performed by LA Opera, the Kronos Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestra, pianist Emanuel Ax, eighth blackbird and many others. Her opera Breaking the Waves, a collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, will premiere next season at Opera Philadelphia and in New York with Beth Morrison Projects.

John Schaefer (Moderator) – Host of WNYC’s Soundcheck since the show’s inception, Schaefer has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds and the New Sounds Live concert series. He has written extensively about music and was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings. He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.


Four Different Ways: Celebrating Louis Andriessen - March 25 at 6:00pm

Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, composer Nathan Michel, and Princeton University Professor of Music Donnacha Dennehy join John Schaefer to discuss the wide-ranging impact De Materie composer Louis Andriessen has made on contemporary music.

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Donnacha Dennehy – An Irish composer, Dennehy has had work featured in festivals and venues around the world. He founded Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s now-renowned new music group, in 1997. His recent opera The Last Hotel (2015), with a libretto by Enda Walsh, was met with critical acclaim in the UK when it premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015.  He joined the music faculty at Princeton University in 2014.

Nathan Michel - A composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michel composes all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, from pop to experimental and classical. His band, Hospitality, has released two full-length albums on Merge Records and toured world-wide. A classically trained composer, Nathan received a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton and also studied at Yale, The Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands (with Louis Andriessen) and Bowdoin College.

John Schaefer (Moderator) – Host of WNYC’s Soundcheck since the show’s inception, Schaefer has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds and the New Sounds Live concert series. He has written extensively about music and was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings. He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.

Julia Wolfe – A winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music, Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. Wolfe is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can.


Artist Talk: De Materie - March 26 at 6:00pm

Composer Louis Andriessen, director Heiner Goebbels, conductor Peter Rundel, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss the creation of De Materie with dramaturg Cori Ellison.

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Louis Andriessen (Composer) - Widely regarded as the leading composer working in the Netherlands today, Andriessen is a central figure in the international new music scene. From a background of jazz and avant-garde composition, Andriessen has evolved a style employing elemental harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic materials, heard in totally distinctive instrumentation. The range of Andriessen’s inspiration is wide, from the music of Charles Ives in Anachronie I, the art of Mondriaan in De Stijl, and medieval poetic visions in Hadewijch, to writings on shipbuilding and atomic theory in De Materie (Part I). He has tackled complex creative issues, exploring the relation between music and politics in De Staat, the nature of time and velocity in De Tijd and De Snelheid, and questions of mortality in Trilogy of the Last Day.

Pierre Audi (Artistic Director, The Park Avenue Armory) - A critically acclaimed director and artistic director, Audi is Artistic Director of the Park Avenue Armory and the Dutch National Opera,  a role he has held since 1988. Previously he served as the Artistic Director of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam (2004 until 2014) and was the founding Artistic Director of the pioneering Almeida Theatre in London.  Audi has worked with audacious artists in music,  theater,  and the visual arts who have defined and redefined genres in our own time.  A director of note himself,  his trajectory has been characterized by both reinventing the classics and supporting groundbreaking new work.

Cori Ellison (Moderator) - Currently staff Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Ellison was Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010.  Active in developing new opera, she teaches opera dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and serves as freelance dramaturg for companies including Canadian Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Beth Morrison Projects.

Heiner Goebbels (Director) -  Visionary German composer and director, Goebbels lives in Frankfurt/Main. Born in 1952, he graduated with degrees in sociology and music. As a composer, he creates music theater works, staged concerts, radio works, and compositions for small ensemble and for big orchestras, collaborating with the finest ensembles, orchestras, and conductors. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Goebbels has composed and directed unique and celebrated music theater works, which have been presented at the most important festivals around the world.

Peter Rundel (Conductor) - One of the most sought-after partners for leading European orchestras, Rundel is regularly invited to guest conduct around the world. Rundel studied violin and was a violinist from 1984 until 1996 in Ensemble Modern, to which he remains closely affiliated as a conductor. In the contemporary music world, he has enjoyed long associations with Ensemble Recherche, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and Klangforum Wien. He is also a regular guest with Ensemble intercontemporain and Ensemble musikFabrik.


Confrontational Comedy - May 1 at 3:00pm

Kathleen Hanna of the band The Julie Ruin, formerly of Bikini Kill, emcees an afternoon of comedy sets headlined by Hari Kondabolu, featuring Negin Farsad and Leighann Lord, followed by a conversation focused on the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics.

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Negin Farsad — Named one of 2015’s Funniest Women by Huffington Post and one of 10 Best Feminist Comics by Paper Magazine, Negin Farsad earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and Government from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Race Relations at Columbia University, and a second Master’s from Columbia School of International & Public Affairs, with a focus on Urban Management. She worked as a senior policy advisor for the City of New York, eventually leaving for full-time uncertainty in the world of performing and visual arts.

Kathleen Hanna — A New York City-based artist, Hanna best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the 90’s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her multimedia group, Le Tigre. The Punk Singer, a documentary about her life, premiered at festivals and saw a nationwide theatrical release. She is currently giving lectures and performing with her new band The Julie Ruin.

Hari Kondabolu — A Brooklyn-based comic who The New York Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Leighann Lord — Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. Leighann has performed around the world, and as a comedic commentator, she has pulled pundit duty on VH1, Fox News, and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Her popular weekly humor blog, The Urban Erma, is the longest running featured column on StageTimeMag.com and is available as a free podcast on iTunes. Leighann wrote for the pilot of “The Chris Rock Show,” is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and is the author of several books. Her stand-up is frequently heard on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio.


Martin Creed In Concert: Words and Music - June 8 - 11

An evening of talk and music with Martin Creed, featuring songs from his new album, Thoughts Lined Up, performed with his band within THE BACK DOOR.


Martin Creed Curatorial Talks

Join Humberto Moro, curatorial assistant for THE BACK DOOR for insightful, hour-long conversations with artists, scholars, cultural leaders, and social trailblazers, who offer new points of view and unique perspectives on this inventive British artist and his largest survey to date.

JUNE 18 AT 3:00PM - Daniel S. Palmer, Associate Curator, Public Art Fund
JUNE 25 AT 3:00PM - Genevieve Yue, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media, New School
JULY 2 AT 3:00PM - “La Puerta Trasera,” a presentation in Spanish by Humberto Moro
JULY 9 AT 3:00PM - John Schaefer, Music Critic and WNYC Host
JULY 16 AT 3:00PM - José Esparza Chong Cuy, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
JULY 23 AT 3:00PM - Naama Tsabar, Artist and Performer
JULY 30 AT 3:00PM - Marina Rosenfeld, Artist and Composer

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José Esparza Chong Cuy is Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was most recently the associate curator at the Museo Jumex, where he cocurated the show “The Natural Order of Things,” 2016, and curated “The Permanent Revolution,” 2014, featuring art by Pedro Reyes. His previous positions include stints at Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and Domus magazine; he was also a curator for the 2013 Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa. Esparza Chong Cuy holds a M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University in New York.

Humberto Moro is Curator and Director at Large at Colección Diéresis, Guadalajara, Curator for New Proposals at Zona MACO, Mexico City, and Art Editor at Large for Solar Magazine. He was Collection Coordinator and Assistant Curator at the Jumex Foundation in Mexico City. He founded and directed the independent space Humo from 2007 to 2010 doing more that 30 exhibitions and talks. Recent curatorial projects include: Overburden at the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Forms of Otherness by Mario Navarro at ISCP in Brooklyn, New York, Witness of the Century at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, and Measuring the Distance by Gonzalo Lebrija at Casa Encendida in Madrid. Moro obtained his M.A. in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard College.

Daniel S. Palmer is currently an Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund. Previously, as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, Palmer co-curated exhibitions including “Unorthodox and Repetition and Difference.” He is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues and publications, among them The Whitney Museum of American Art’s “Hopper Drawing” (2013), an exhibition for which he also conducted research; the Kunstmuseum Bonn’s “New York Painting” (2015); as well as numerous media outlets including ARTnews, Mousse, Kaleidoscope, The Exhibitionist, and Guernica, among others. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he earned his M.Phil in 2012, and also holds a BA with Highest Honors in Art History and English from Rutgers University..

Marina Rosenfeld is a New York-based artist and composer whose work has been presented at numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum (including Whitney Biennials 2002 and 2008), the Guggneheim Museum, the Liverpool and PERFORMA biennials, the Holland Festival, and Park Avenue Armory, and will be featured in the next Biennale de Montréal in October. She has also performed as a pianist and, especially, as an experimental turntablist since the late 1990’s, working with an ever-expanding palette of hand-crafted dub plates, alongside collaborators from Christian Marclay to Warrior Queen to Ralph Lemon to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986. Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley.

Naama Tsabar is an installation and performance artist whose practice is marked by a distinct, intense fascination with the dualities resident in the fusion of music and visual art, addressing inter and intra-personal relationships fraught with tense, but engaging complications. Selected solo exhibitions and performances have been presented at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), High Line Art (New York), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), MARTE-C (El Salvador) and Art Statements, Art Basel 38 (Switzerland). Selected group exhibitions include ‘Greater New York’ (2010) at MoMA PS1, The Bucharest Biennale for Young Artists (2008) and Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard.

Genevieve Yue is an assistant professor of Culture and Media and currently holds the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her Ph.D. in the Critical Studies program at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and completed a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellowship at Macalester College. She is co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and her essays and criticism have appeared in October, Grey Room, The Times Literary Supplement, Reverse Shot, Artforum.com, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She programs films independently and in fall 2016 will co-program, with Chris Stults, “Wild Sounds,” a film series for Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives.


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