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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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.

100 Years | 100 Women will launch on February 15, 2020 as part of the Armory’s annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium—a day-long event hosted throughout the institution’s historic period rooms, featuring conversations, performances, and salons led by artists, activists, scholars, and civic and cultural leaders. At the end of the symposium, which focuses this year on the complex topic of suffrage, the partner organizations will announce the names of the commissioned artists. 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.

Artist Talk: Maria Vespers
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:00pm
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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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