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.”

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.

Sunday Salon: Fazal Sheikh
Postponed Until Further Notice
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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
Canceled: Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12:00pm
Tickets: $18 General; $15 Student/Senior (plus fees); Free for Armory members

In light of the circumstances involving COVID-19, we regret to inform you that this event has been canceled. We are continuing to work with our partners and commissioned artists on this important project and will announce more information in the near future.

Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, has invited ten New York City-based cultural institutions to join 100 Years |100 Women, a two-part, multidisciplinary initiative marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Together, this cohort of institutions—which includes the Apollo Theater; The Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women—is commissioning one hundred artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.The culminating event—a large gathering, showcase, and celebration of the commissions—will take place on May 16, 2020 in the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall and historic rooms.

Participating artists include:
Abdu Ali, Music & Literature
Sama Alshaibi, Visual Art
Ngozi Anyanwu, Theatre
Armory Arts Education, Multi-disciplinary
Zalika Azim, Visual Art
Stefanie Batten Bland / SBB Company, Dance Theatre
Stephanie Berger, Photography
Hope Boykin, Dance
Mahogany L. Browne, Poetry & Literature
Zoë Buckman, Visual Art
Rashida Bumbray, Performance & Visual Art
• Xu Cheng, Music
Elizabeth Colomba, Visual Art
Courtney Cook, Performance & Dance
Renee Cox, Visual Art
Lady Dane, Performance Art & Literature
Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Visual Art
Helga Davis, Music
Rose DeSiano, Visual Art
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Multi-disciplinary
Abby Dobson, Conceptual & Performing Art
Nekisha Durrett, Visual Art
Adama Delphine Fawundu, Visual Art
Gayle Fekete, Dance
Jingyi Feng, Dance
Karen Finley, Performance Art
Ebony Noelle Golden & Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Multi-disciplinary
Jasmine Hearn, Performance & Dance
Marguerite Hemmings, Dance
Charlene Incarnate, Drag & Performance
Val Jeanty and Risha Rox, Sound Art & Performance Art
Chanon Judson, Dance
Tendayi Kuumba, Dance
L’Rain, Music
Mimi Lien, Architecture & Set Design
Shola Lynch, Film
Alicia Graf Mack, Dance
Tsedaye Makonnen, Visual Art
Thapelo Masita, Music
Muriel Miguel / Spiderwoman Theater, Theatre & Performance
Vernice Miller / A Laboratory for Actor Training, Theatre & Performance
Briana Del Mundo, Dance
Love Muwwakkil, Performance & Dance
Meshell Ndegeocello & Staceyann Chin, Music & Poetry
Lorie Novak, Visual Art
Lindsay Philips, Dance
Toshi Reagon, Music
Kyle Ritenauer, Music
Yelaine Rodriguez, Visual Art
Huang Ruo, Music
Hannah Rosenzweig & Wendy Sachs, Film
Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw / Split Britches, Theatre & Performance
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Multi-disciplinary
Dianne Smith, Visual Art
Sonic and Womxyn Amplify Vibrations Collective, Music
Samantha Speis, Performance & Dance
Amy Rox Surratt / Mistakes Made Theatrical Co, Theatre & Performance
Jaime Sunwoo, Multimedia & Performance
Kalichi’naru, Michelle Lopez & Kasibahagua Taíno Cultural Society, Ceremonial Taino dance
Murielle Borst-Tarrant/Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective, Theatre & Performance
Cyrie Topete, Choreography
Katherine Toukhy, Mixed Media
Carmelita Tropicana, Performance Art
Sahar Ullah, Theatre
Imani Uzuri, Music
Elaisa Van Der Kust, Performance & Dance
Mikaila Ware, Performance & Dance
Angela Wee, Music
Carrie Mae Weems, Muliti-disciplinary
Deborah Willis, Visual Art
Zhou Yi, Music
Bora Yoon, Music
Pamela Z performed by Amanda Gookin (Forward Music Project), Music

Confrontational Comedy
Canceled: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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
Canceled: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Sunday Salon: Transformative Art of Remembrance II
Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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An afternoon of performance, testimony, and the word, hosted in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt.

Artist Talk: Oresteia
Canceled: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Sunday Salon: Shani Jamila
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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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
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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Artist Talk: Doppelganger
Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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Artist Talk: Enclosure
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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100 Years | 100 Women
Part I: 100 Years
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 per session (plus fees) or $45 (plus fees) for a Day Pass

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Don’t miss a day of talks and performances by noted artists, thinkers and cultural leaders as they explore the complex legacy of the 19th Amendment 100 years after its ratification. Participants include photographer and scholar Deborah Willis, actor-activists Kathleen Turner and Tantoo Cardinal, spoken word performer Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”, vocalist Martha Redbone, visual artist Renee Cox, performance artist Karen Finley and community organizer De’Ara Balenger and many others.

This Symposium launches 100 Years | 100 Women, an initiative of Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, and nine major cultural institutions including, The Apollo Theater, The Juilliard School, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, The Laundromat Project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, National Sawdust, New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture), and Urban Bush Women, who will collectively commission one hundred artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.

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

Conductor Raphaël Pichon, sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere, and Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss adapting Monteverdi’s sacred work for contemporary audiences

Artist Talk: Deep Blue Sea
Canceled: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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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