2016 Season

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Recital Series

September 8—November 20

“The Armory's Board of Officers Room, recently restored to a state of spare yet sumptuous elegance, is becoming a locus for important chamber-music concerts.”
– The New Yorker

Since its reopening, the Belle Epoque splendor of the Board of Officers Room has shown through in magical recitals that invoke the salon culture of the Gilded Age. Featuring recitals by Lisette Oropesa, Roderick Williams with Jenny Agutter & Susie Allan, Kristóf Baráti & Klára Würtz, and Andreas Scholl & Tamar Halperin, as well as two Lindemann Young Artist Concerts, and Roomful of Teeth.

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Artists Studio

September 29—November 21

“A [club]... which gave pleasure to so many... with facilities for playing billiards, chess, checkers and other games, a cold snack and innocuous beverages and cigars.” – The Seventh Regiment Gazette on the Veterans Room in 1910

Join us for a new series of events inspired by the exotic beauty of the newly-restored Veterans Room and the inventive spirit of the designers who conceived it. Curated by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, these performances feature a diverse mix of contemporary classical, performative art, and an improvisational approach to jazz.

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Circle Map

October 13—14

“To journey into Saariaho’s music is to be confronted with the darkest and most dazzling dimensions of your subconscious.” – The Guardian (UK)

The revered New York Philharmonic returns to the Armory for the New York premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's Circle Map, a new work for orchestra and electronics that builds out from six stanzas by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, and D'om la Vrai Sens. The evening also includes the U.S. premiere of Lumiére et Pesanteur as well as Lonh, a work that combines medieval love poetry sung by rising soprano Jennifer Zetlan with an electronic score that manipulates sounds from nature to evoke a distant, luminous landscape.

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Manifesto

December 7—January 8

“It is both a confirmation of Blanchett’s sheer presence and acumen as an actor and Rosefeldt’s shrewdness and intellect as an artist.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Drawing on more than 50 manifestos by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers, this highly theatrical cinematic installation by cinematographer and video artist Julian Rosefeldt reinterprets these famous texts as poetic monologues that are brought to life by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett.

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PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

De Materie

March 22—30

“ ...an inspired production. Colorful, exciting, and raptly beautiful.” – The New York Times

Visionary director Heiner Goebbels stages this monumental work in a highly-imaginative production that infuses the work's journey through a sequence of non-narrative tableaus with stunning visual imagery to help convey its meaning, with references to Mondrian and Madame Curie as well as floating zeppelins and a flock of sheep. The International Contemporary Ensemble takes on the sonically varied score.

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HOPELESSNESS

May 18—19

Hopelessness is the genius of Anohni and her masterful songwriting. The long low sexy beats, the skittering colorful and playful rhythms surround her voice... Anohni has replaced the stories of abandonment, pain and desire with the biggest issues of our time.” – Laurie Anderson

Park Avenue Armory and Red Bull Music Academy are proud to present the world premiere of Anohni’s live show for her new album Hopelessness. Featuring original films and a band that includes Oneohtrix Point Never, the celebrated singer, composer, and visual artist will bring her politically charged masterpiece to audiences in an environment unlike any other.

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THE BACK DOOR

June 8—August 7

“Mr. Creed has created a kind of anti-spectacle, a strange, discombobulated whole greater than the sum of its parts, in which the building is a co-star.” – The New York Times

Turner Prize-winning, British artist Martin Creed continues his ongoing exploration into rhythm, scale, and order in his largest installation in the U.S. to date, a survey of his work from its most minimal moments to extravagant, larger-than-life installations. Crossing all media including painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, film, sculpture, fashion, and more unclassifiable items such as runners or lights going on and off, his practice transforms the everyday into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.

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Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

September 13—25

“One of the leading artists to understand our moment in history.” – Interview Magazine

A conceptual artist working primarily with image and text, Taryn Simon breaks form with her first-ever directed performance in which she considers the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe. Within a monumental setting, Simon blends sculpture, sound, architecture, and performance with professional mourners in an exploration of the boundaries of grief between living and dead, past and present, performer and viewer.

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2016 Season Sponsors:

Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, Kaplen Brothers Fund, the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.