2018 Conversation Series

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.

Looking Back: 1968 | 2018: Looking Forward
Saturday, February 17 at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 per session

In Collaboration With Aspen Institute Arts Program And Artchangeus

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Artists, thinkers, activists, academics, and community leaders gather for a symposium of conversations, performances, and open studios exploring artistic, social, and political perspectives on the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary world-changing events of 1968 and the promise of the next fifty years.

Artist Talk: Yerma
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Director Simon Stone and collaborators discuss adapting Federico García Lorca’s 1934 play for contemporary audiences.

Sunday Salon: Film
Sunday, April 15 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Acclaimed Australian immersive artist and film director Lynette Wallworth hosts an afternoon salon exploring the power of emerging interactive technologies and gestural interfaces, including virtual reality, to reveal fragile human states of grace and connect people with the natural world.

Confrontational Comedy
Friday, May 11 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Confrontational Comedy returns to the Armory featuring an evening of comedy sets performed by ever-challenging and ever-funny comedians and a conversation highlighting the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics. Headlining this year is Aparna Nancherla, who has been a writer-performer for both Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as acting on Master of None and Bojack Horseman. She has a half-hour Comedy Central special, as well as a debut album, Just Putting It Out There, on Tig Notaro’s label Bentzen Ball Records, among many other comedic accomplishments.

Artist Talk: The Let Go
Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Nick Cave explores the inspirations, ideas, and creative development of his installation with a range of artistic collaborators and responders.

Artist Talk: The Damned
Thursday, July 19 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Director Ivo van Hove and other members of the creative team discuss the creative process and development of this landmark work with Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi.

Sunday Salon: Literature
Sunday, September 23 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25

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Armory Artist-in-Residence and playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins hosts an intimate afternoon of readings and conversation with a selection of thought-provoking poets, playwrights, and writers.

Artist Talk: The Six Brandenburg Concertos
Thursday, October 4 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and conductor Amandine Beyer discuss Bach’s influence on the creation of their latest work set to his masterful score.

Symposium: Standing Ground
Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm And 4:00pm
Tickets: $15 per session

Tickets go on sale April 30, 2018 (April 23 for members).

Inuit (Inuk) experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq joins fellow artists, writers, scholars, performers, and community leaders for an afternoon of performances, debates, and demonstrations exploring indigenous culture.

Fashion: A New Social and Environmental Standard
Exhibit: Tuesday Wednesday, November 27–28: 12:00pm–8:00pm
Free Admission
Talk: Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $25

Tickets go on sale April 30, 2018 (April 23 for members).

Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre, sustainable fashion pioneers and co-founders of MAISON-DE-MODE.COM explore the power of fashion to affect social change in a multi-day, interactive exhibit culminating in a conversation about the future of fashion.

Artist Talk: The Head and The Load
Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15

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Artist William Kentridge and his fellow collaborators discuss the political context of their latest work and the process behind mounting it in an unconventional space.

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