As the live arts return amidst an ongoing pandemic, public programs at the Armory will offer a series of intimate talks, salons, symposia, performances, and other activations curated by professor, scholar, and curator Tavia Nyong’o. As social gathering remains both vital and challenging, we explore how art can address the fault-lines in our racial and social order that 2020 laid bare. How can artists speak to this moment, holding space for discovery, deliberation, and experimenting, while claiming the environment we all need?
Audiences explore the story of Juneteenth through a critical fabulation of what freedom might have felt like to the emancipated. Carl Hancock Rux creates an art installation of newly discovered works by Archer Aymes, protagonist of Rux’s Obie-award winning play Talk, which had its premiere at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
Artists-in-Residence activate the Armory as a space for mutual aid through skill share, maker spaces, and master classes.
Legendary Chicana performance and visual artist Nao Bustamante prototypes a new vision for feminist autonomy.
Artists, activists, and designers engage the meeting of land with water. Facing climate change and rising sea levels, this event links New York with communities across the nation and globe that sit at water’s edge. Centering the work of Indigenous water protectors who challenge extractive futures, as well as a generation of youth leaders who are rebelling against climate nihilism, Art at Water’s Edge is an intergenerational forum for the imagination in action.
This Sunday Salon offers an opportunity to engage with the vision of Rashaad Newsome‘s Assembly by bringing the artist in dialogue with his collaborators and others engaged in the freedom fight for personal and collective liberation. Through roundtable discussions and a performance showcase, paired with an opportunity to experience Newsome’s world-building taken to new heights in the Drill Hall, this salon will invite attendees to take a quantum leap into Black visual complexity and spirit.
3:00pm–4:00pm: Roundtable with Video Transmissions
What happens when we take “the paradox of the Black experience and the advancement of technology as a jumping off-point” as Rashaad Newsome asks? This panel of artists and theorists discuss the emergence of a Black quantum visual language.
Featuring: Rashaad Newsome, Saidiya V. Hartman, Kiyan Williams, Tavia Nyong’o, Aimee Meredith Cox, with quantum interpolations from Arthur Jafa and Ruha Benjamin
4:15pm–5:10pm: Showcase of Artists from Assembly
Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes, Ms. Boogie featuring El Joven, Puma Camillê
Sneak peek of Johnny Symons’ Get Your 10s
5:25pm–6:30pm: Talkback with Artists From Assembly
Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes, Ms. Boogie, Puma Camillê, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, moderated by Tavia Nyong’o
Join us for an exploration of the queer origins and aesthetics of hip hop through discussion, film, performance, and food. The event includes a Black healing portal curated by Astraea award-winning duo Krudxs Cubensi, a session with Soul Fire Farm on BIPOC vegan foodways and their connection to community-centered activism, and a panel discussion centering on the queer underground hip hop scene led by Hip Hop Heresies author and scholar Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls.
Photo: Da Ping Luo
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