Conversations & Lectures

CONVERSATIONS & LECTURES

Held in our historic period rooms, these insightful conversations 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.
 

Martin Creed Curatorial Talks - BUY TICKETS

Join the Armory’s curatorial assistant for insightful, hour-long conversations with artists, scholars, cultural leaders, and social trailblazers, who offer new points of view and unique perspectives on this inventive British artist and his largest survey to date. Special guests to be announced.

June 18 - July 30; Saturdays at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25 (includes entrance to the exhibition)
Members: $10


Artist Talk: Taryn Simon - BUY TICKETS

Artist Taryn Simon discusses the creation of and process behind her latest work with special guests.

Saturday, September 24 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15
Members: $12


Artist Talk: Circle Map - BUY TICKETS

Kaija Saariaho, designer Jennifer Tipton, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss CIRCLE MAP.

Friday, October 14 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15
Members: $12


PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

Two Souls, Two Thoughts: The Art of African American History -
February 26 at 7:30pm

“One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” — W. E. B. Du Bois

In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Arts Program, the Park Avenue Armory has gathered artists, writers and cultural commentators to share their unique, ongoing, and evolving engagements with African American history. Moderated by writer and podcast host Stacia Brown, participants include vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri, multi-media artist Jasmine Murrell, novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney, photographer and professor Deborah Willis, and writer Carl Hancock Rux.

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Stacia L. Brown — A freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, New Republic, Slate, Vox, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and various other publications. Stacia is also the creator and host of “Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City”, a 30-minute audio documentary series featuring the oral histories of businesses, landmarks, and neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

Jasmine Murrell — A Brooklyn-based visual artist who makes work about miracles, miracles that happen in the worst of times and in the most invisible places. She uses a wide range of media including installation, sculpture, land art, and film to invoke a transformative experience around historical erasures.

Darryl Pinckney — A novelist, playwright, essayist, and longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books. His new novel, Black Deutschland, was published on February 2, 2016.

Carl Hancock Rux —  An award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University of California–San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, the University of Iowa, and Brown University.

Imani Uzuri — Vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri creates music that reflects her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family in their small rural church. Uzuri was a 2015 Park Avenue Armory artist-in-residence, and will make her Lincoln Center American Songbook debut in March 2016 performing songs that celebrate Black American vernacular music.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D. —  Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Professor Willis has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fletcher, and MacArthur fellowships, the Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center for Photography, and recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award.


De Materie: Matter & Spirit - March 24 at 6:00pm

WNYC personality John Schaefer engages director Heiner Goebbels, Columbia University Professor of Music George E. Lewis, and composer Missy Mazzoli in a conversation about the complexities of themes in De Materie.

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Heiner Goebbels -  Visionary German composer and director, Goebbels lives in Frankfurt/Main. Born in 1952, he graduated with degrees in sociology and music. As a composer, he creates music theater works, staged concerts, radio works, and compositions for small ensemble and for big orchestras, collaborating with the finest ensembles, orchestras, and conductors. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Goebbels has composed and directed unique and celebrated music theater works, which have been presented at the most important festivals around the world. From March 22–30, he stages a highly-imaginative production of DE MATERIE, composed by Louis Andriessen, at the Park Avenue Armory.

George E. Lewis - Composer, musicologist, and experimental performer, George Lewis is professor of music at Columbia University.  The author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008), he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow.  His compositions have been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, and others.

Missy Mazzoli – Recently deemed “Brooklyn’s post-millenial Mozart”, composer Missy Mazzoli has had her work performed by LA Opera, the Kronos Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestra, pianist Emanuel Ax, eighth blackbird and many others. Her opera Breaking the Waves, a collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, will premiere next season at Opera Philadelphia and in New York with Beth Morrison Projects.

John Schaefer (Moderator) – Host of WNYC’s Soundcheck since the show’s inception, Schaefer has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds and the New Sounds Live concert series. He has written extensively about music and was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings. He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.


Four Different Ways: Celebrating Louis Andriessen - March 25 at 6:00pm

Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, composer Nathan Michel, and Princeton University Professor of Music Donnacha Dennehy join John Schaefer to discuss the wide-ranging impact De Materie composer Louis Andriessen has made on contemporary music.

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Donnacha Dennehy – An Irish composer, Dennehy has had work featured in festivals and venues around the world. He founded Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s now-renowned new music group, in 1997. His recent opera The Last Hotel (2015), with a libretto by Enda Walsh, was met with critical acclaim in the UK when it premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015.  He joined the music faculty at Princeton University in 2014.

Nathan Michel - A composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michel composes all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, from pop to experimental and classical. His band, Hospitality, has released two full-length albums on Merge Records and toured world-wide. A classically trained composer, Nathan received a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton and also studied at Yale, The Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands (with Louis Andriessen) and Bowdoin College.

John Schaefer (Moderator) – Host of WNYC’s Soundcheck since the show’s inception, Schaefer has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds and the New Sounds Live concert series. He has written extensively about music and was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings. He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.

Julia Wolfe – A winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music, Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. Wolfe is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can.


Artist Talk: De Materie - March 26 at 6:00pm

Composer Louis Andriessen, director Heiner Goebbels, conductor Peter Rundel, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss the creation of De Materie with dramaturg Cori Ellison.

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Louis Andriessen (Composer) - Widely regarded as the leading composer working in the Netherlands today, Andriessen is a central figure in the international new music scene. From a background of jazz and avant-garde composition, Andriessen has evolved a style employing elemental harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic materials, heard in totally distinctive instrumentation. The range of Andriessen’s inspiration is wide, from the music of Charles Ives in Anachronie I, the art of Mondriaan in De Stijl, and medieval poetic visions in Hadewijch, to writings on shipbuilding and atomic theory in De Materie (Part I). He has tackled complex creative issues, exploring the relation between music and politics in De Staat, the nature of time and velocity in De Tijd and De Snelheid, and questions of mortality in Trilogy of the Last Day.

Pierre Audi (Artistic Director, The Park Avenue Armory) - A critically acclaimed director and artistic director, Audi is Artistic Director of the Park Avenue Armory and the Dutch National Opera,  a role he has held since 1988. Previously he served as the Artistic Director of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam (2004 until 2014) and was the founding Artistic Director of the pioneering Almeida Theatre in London.  Audi has worked with audacious artists in music,  theater,  and the visual arts who have defined and redefined genres in our own time.  A director of note himself,  his trajectory has been characterized by both reinventing the classics and supporting groundbreaking new work.

Cori Ellison (Moderator) - Currently staff Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Ellison was Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010.  Active in developing new opera, she teaches opera dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and serves as freelance dramaturg for companies including Canadian Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Beth Morrison Projects.

Heiner Goebbels (Director) -  Visionary German composer and director, Goebbels lives in Frankfurt/Main. Born in 1952, he graduated with degrees in sociology and music. As a composer, he creates music theater works, staged concerts, radio works, and compositions for small ensemble and for big orchestras, collaborating with the finest ensembles, orchestras, and conductors. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Goebbels has composed and directed unique and celebrated music theater works, which have been presented at the most important festivals around the world.

Peter Rundel (Conductor) - One of the most sought-after partners for leading European orchestras, Rundel is regularly invited to guest conduct around the world. Rundel studied violin and was a violinist from 1984 until 1996 in Ensemble Modern, to which he remains closely affiliated as a conductor. In the contemporary music world, he has enjoyed long associations with Ensemble Recherche, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and Klangforum Wien. He is also a regular guest with Ensemble intercontemporain and Ensemble musikFabrik.


Confrontational Comedy - May 1 at 3:00pm

Kathleen Hanna of the band The Julie Ruin, formerly of Bikini Kill, emcees an afternoon of comedy sets headlined by Hari Kondabolu, featuring Negin Farsad and Leighann Lord, followed by a conversation focused on the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics.

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Negin Farsad — Named one of 2015’s Funniest Women by Huffington Post and one of 10 Best Feminist Comics by Paper Magazine, Negin Farsad earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and Government from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Race Relations at Columbia University, and a second Master’s from Columbia School of International & Public Affairs, with a focus on Urban Management. She worked as a senior policy advisor for the City of New York, eventually leaving for full-time uncertainty in the world of performing and visual arts.

Kathleen Hanna — A New York City-based artist, Hanna best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the 90’s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her multimedia group, Le Tigre. The Punk Singer, a documentary about her life, premiered at festivals and saw a nationwide theatrical release. She is currently giving lectures and performing with her new band The Julie Ruin.

Hari Kondabolu — A Brooklyn-based comic who The New York Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Leighann Lord — Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. Leighann has performed around the world, and as a comedic commentator, she has pulled pundit duty on VH1, Fox News, and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Her popular weekly humor blog, The Urban Erma, is the longest running featured column on StageTimeMag.com and is available as a free podcast on iTunes. Leighann wrote for the pilot of “The Chris Rock Show,” is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and is the author of several books. Her stand-up is frequently heard on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio.


Image: Eric Baiano.

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