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.

Manifesto: Artist Talk
December 7, 2016 at 8:00pm


Artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt and artist Ralph Lemon discuss the creation of Manifesto, and, in particular, how its source material relates to the social and political issues of today.


Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, writer, visual artist and curator, and the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. He is a Board Member of the Park Avenue Armory and former Artist-in-Residence. Lemon’s most recent works include Scaffold Room (2015), Four Walls (2012), and How Can You Stay in The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? (2008–2010), works with live performance, film and visual art that toured throughout the U.S. In 2012, Mr. Lemon was honored with one of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards; he was also one of the first artists to receive the United States Artists Fellowship (2006). He is recipient of three “Bessie” Awards (1986, 2005, 2016); two Foundation for Contemporary Art Awards (1986, 2012); two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2004, 2009); a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship; a 2004 Bellagio Study Center Fellowship; and the 1999 CalArts Alpert Award. Among his many teaching positions, Mr. Lemon has been an IDA Fellow at Stanford University (2009); artist-in-residence at Temple University (2005–06); Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); Fellow of the Humanities Council and Program in Theater & Dance at Princeton University (2002); and Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre (1996–2000). He received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. The first monograph of his work was published by The Museum of Modern Art (part of their new Modern Dance Series) in 2016. Lemon is currently a Visual Arts Mentor at Columbia University School of the Arts.


Julian Rosefeldt is a German film and video artist who lives and works in Berlin. Since 2001 he has held a professorship for Digital and Time-based Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Showing extensively in museums and film festivals worldwide, his work is included into renowned collections such as Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Saatchi Collection, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rosefeldt’s film works possess a complex visual quality. The viewer is immersed in lavishly staged sets, which are projected in cinematographic style onto several screens. Caught in a continuous loop, his protagonists often follow a Sisyphean task, moving in heavy rhythms, matched by the action of the camera gliding slowly forwards and backwards. Rosefeldt treats everyday rituals and clichés analytically and ironically, subverting them by shifting the action into the absurd. Recent works include Manifesto (2015), Deep Gold (2013/2014), My home is a dark and cloud-hung land (2011), American Night (2009), and The Shift (2008). Recent solo exhibitions were held at Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2016); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2016); ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2015), and many others. Selected group shows include Wolfsburg Unlimited, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2016); Zeitgeist: The Art of New Berlin, CCBB Rio de Janeiro (2016); Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015, The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan (2015); TELE-GEN. Art and TV, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015); Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London (2014).

Interrogations of Form Series Launch: Culture in a Changing America
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 1:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm

In Collaboration with The Aspen Institute of Arts Program



Person, Place, ThingBUY TICKETS

Artists, thinkers, activists, academics, and community leaders gather to engage in a series of conversations, performances, and exhibitions focused on the role of culture in a changing America. Participants to be announced.

The afternoon culminates in a special edition of the live interview show Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, in conversation with the poet Sonia Sanchez, and featuring music by members of the Ebony Hillbillies.

A Hairy Ape for the 21st Century: Artist Talk
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6:00pm


The Hairy Ape director Richard Jones and other collaborators discuss the challenges of presenting Eugene O’Neill’s play nearly 100 years after its first production by the Provincetown Players in 1922; moderated by prominent Eugene O’Neill scholar and Professor Robert M. Dowling.

The Hairy Ape & New York City: Class vs. Identity
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 6:00pm


Valerie Paley, Chief Historian of the New York Historical Society; Jill S. Dolan, Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University; and others discuss The Hairy Ape’s opposing forces of class and identity, issues that continue to entangle the social fabric of New York City today.

Confrontational Comedy
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00pm


Following a sold-out event in 2016 headlined by Hari Kondabolu, Confrontational Comedy returns to the Armory featuring an afternoon of comedy sets performed by challenging and relevant comedians and a conversation highlighting the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics.

Hansel & Gretel:

The Courage of Art Symposium
Wednesday–Saturday, June 7–11, 2017

Artist Talk
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei discuss the inspirations, ideas, and creative process behind their latest collaboration.

The symposium continues with artists, activists, academics, and journalists responding to the artistic collaboration by engaging in a series of debates about the role of artists as catalysts for change. Participants to be announced.

Artists In Residence: Open House
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:00pm

Armory artists-in-residence host a series of work-in-progress performances, presentations, and conversations in their studio spaces housed in the historic Company rooms on the Armory’s second floor. 2017 artists-in-residence include: Tania Bruguera, Reggie Gray, Lynn Nottage, and Marvin Sewell.

Blank Out: Artists Talk
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00pm

Composer and director Michel van der Aa and collaborators discuss the creation of chamber opera and 3D film, Blank Out.

Repons: Artist Talk
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

Conductor Matthias Pintscher and Pierre Audi discuss composer Pierre Boulez and their realization of his spatial work in a live performance setting.

Person Place Thing
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00pm

Randy Cohen and Person Place Thing return to the Armory for a special Fall edition in front of a live audience. Participants to be announced.

Robert Lepage and The Mnouchkine Method: Artist Talk
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00pm

Director Robert Lepage and other members of the creative team and cast discuss the creative process behind the development of this epic work.

Kanata Perspectives
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

Performers, activists, and native Canadians respond to KANATA and discuss the role of art in highlighting indigenous issues and concerns.

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