Christian Boltanski, No Man’s Land

Photo from Christian Boltanski, No Man’s Land on May 15, 2010

May 14 – June 13, 2010

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This exhibition is now closed. Please return to Arts at the Armory for upcoming programs.

Open Hours
Tuesday through Sunday (except Thursday): Noon – 7:30pm
Thursday: 2pm – 9:30pm
Monday, May 31: Noon – 7:30pm (Memorial Day)
CLOSED MONDAYS (except Memorial Day)

$12 General Admission (12 and older)
$10 Seniors (62 and up), Students (with valid ID), Groups (8 or more)
FREE: Children (11 and under)
FREE: Park Avenue Armory Members 

Tickets are available by clicking the link below or at the door (Tickets are no longer available as the exhibition is now closed).

- The New York Times

“Art writ large”
- Flavorpill

Filling the vast Wade Thompson Drill Hall, No Man’s Land is Christian Boltanski’s most ambitious project in the United States to date. This monumental work explores the signature motifs of the artist’s forty-year career - individuality, anonymity, life and death - in an immersive landscape that is both powerful and infernal. Incorporating 30 tons of discarded clothing, a 60-foot crane and the sound of human heartbeats, the installation offers an unforgettable and deeply moving experience by one of today’s most important artists. Curated by Tom Eccles.

As part of the installation at the Armory, visitors will be invited to record their own heartbeat and offer it to the artist as he continues to expand his Archives du coeur, a collection of human heartbeats from around the world.

Public Programs
Artist Talk: Christian Boltanski in conversation with Luc Sante
Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm.
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DAWN: A Musical Event within No Man’s Land
Thursday, June 3 at 7:30pm
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DAWN is free with admission to the exhibition.

Family Programs
Saturdays: May 15, May 22, and May 29 at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm
$15 per family; includes all materials and admission to the installation.
FREE for Park Avenue Armory Members.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Click here for more information and to register.

Boltanski Library
A special installation of artists’ books created by Christian Boltanski and curated by Michal Jachula will be on display at the Armory. Books about the artist will also be available for purchase.

Film Screening: Les vies possibles de Christian Boltanski
A 52-minute documentary film about Christian Boltanski and his work will be presented during the open hours of the installation. The film was written and directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel.

More Links
Christian Boltanski feature on GRITtv

Click here to view The New York Times preview article from May 10, 2010.

Click here to view images of Christian Boltanski’s past works.

Click here to read Christian Boltanski’s biography.

Click here to read an interview with Christian Boltanski from Tate Magazine.

Installation made possible by The Pershing Square Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, with additional support from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg, Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Kenneth Kuchin, ALTOUR, The Lauder Foundation/Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, and the Robert Lehman Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Clothing provided and recycled by Trans-America Textile Recycling Co. Special thanks to the Marian Goodman Gallery.

No Man’s Land is a companion piece to Personnes, an installation at the Grand Palais in Paris that opened in January 2010 as part of Monumenta, an annual initiative of the Ministère de la culture et communication, co-produced by the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Grand Palais and the Réunion des musées nationaux.

Photos by: Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht