2020 Interrogations of Form

”[it was]…a massive convening…filling the gilded, schizo-baroque rooms and halls with a dazzling mix of artists, thinkers, and impresarios…I felt lucky to be in attendance.”
Artforum

Held in the Armory’s historic rooms, Interrogations of Form offers conversations, performances, and salons in which artists provide a unique perspective on the ever-changing state of culture in America. Participants in this series have included Armory Artists-in-Residence Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lynn Nottage, Imani Uzuri, and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elizabeth Diller, Negin Farsad, Nona Hendryx, Hari Kondobolu, Tony Kushner, Jason Moran, Mira Nair, Meshell Ndegeocello, Suzan-Lori Parks, Toshi Reagon, David Remnick, Sonia Sanchez, The United Lenape Nations, Paula Vogel, and Lynette Wallworth.

100 Years | 100 Women
Part I: 100 Years
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm
Tickets: $25 per session (plus fees)

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The Park Avenue Armory, in partnership with the National Black Theatre, is curating two rigorous, day-long, multi-disciplinary explorations, entitled 100 Years | 100 Women to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

In response to this anniversary, the Armory and National Black Theatre are convening a cohort of ten institutions from across the city, representing multiple artistic disciplines, to commission 100 artists, who self-identify as women.

Part I will be presented as part of the Armory’s annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, featuring conversations, performances, and salons on the complex topic of suffrage. The 100 commissioned artists, whose work will be shared and celebrated in Part II, will be announced. All events will be hosted in the historic rooms at the Park Avenue Armory; the culminating Part II event will also take place in the epic Wade Thompson Drill Hall on May 16, 2020.

Artist Talk: Maria Vespers
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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Artist Talk: Deep Blue Sea
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Sunday Salon: Fazal Sheikh
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3:00pm
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Renowned photographer Fazal Sheikh, who uses photographs to document people living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, hosts a special afternoon of installations and conversation. Sheikh will display his signature combination of portraits, personal narratives, found photographs, archival material, sound, and his own written texts and discuss his conviction that a portrait is, as far as possible, an act of mutual engagement, and only through a long-term commitment to a place and to a community can a meaningful series of photographs be made.

100 Years | 100 Women
Part II: 100 Women
Celebration of Commissions
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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Confrontational Comedy
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00pm
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Confrontational Comedy returns for a fifth year. This unforgettable evening of comedy sets and conversation highlights the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics. Previous participants have included: Warrington Hudlin, Nish Kumar, Hari Kandobolu, Negin Farsad, Aparna Nancherla, Jena Friedman, Jordan Carlos, Leighann Lord, Charla Lauriston, Billy Wayne Davis, Jes Tom, and Tien Tran.

Artist Talk: Hamlet
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Sunday Salon: Transformative Art of Remembrance II
Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
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An afternoon of performance, testimony, and the word, hosted in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt.

Artist Talk: Oresteia
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Sunday Salon: Shani Jamila
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 3:00pm
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An afternoon exploration of lineage and the idea of home with visual artist Shani Jamila, whose travels to nearly fifty countries deeply inform her painting, photography and collage practice.

Artist Talk: The Second Violinist
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6:30pm
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Artist Talk: Doppelganger
Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Artist Talk: Enclosure
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Interrogations of Form is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

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