2019 Season

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Judgment Day

December 5, 2019–January 10, 2020

"[Richard Jones] has been responsible for some of the stage's most talkedabout images…his work is unflinching, intense and often deeply witty." — The Guardian (UK)

After dazzling Armory audiences in 2017, visionary director Richard Jones returns with a new adaptation of Ödön von Horváth's seldom-performed, penultimate play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, which explores the tension between responsibility, conscience, and guilt.

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Recital Series

January 6–November 22, 2019

"Since its restoration and reopening in 2013, the Armory's spectacular yet intimate Board of Officers room has become one of the city's most essential recital venues" — New York Magazine

Hear thrilling North American and New York debuts and artists that are bridging the gap between classic and contemporary musical works in the chamber canon in the austerely elegant Board of Officers Room, with the pristine acoustics and intimate scale originally intended by many composers while invoking the salon culture of the Gilded Age.

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Interrogations of Form

February 17–December 15, 2019

These insightful conversations and salons bring together artists, community leaders, and social trailblazers to explore today's social and cultural landscape. In addition to talks with the creative voices presented throughout the season, programs include in-depth collaborations with artists Tania Bruguera and Theaster Gates, as well as The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nuyorican Cafe, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, among others.

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Artists Studio

March 5–September 21, 2019

"And in a sense, the Veterans Room, of all the Armory's opulent reception rooms, has the deepest spiritual kinship with a work of contemporary art, the feel of an installation by a young collective whose members were reacting to one another and making it all up as they went along." — The New York Times

Curated by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, this series of interventions in the Veterans Room includes a diverse mix of artists and musicians whose practices defy categorization and expressly mirror the innovative spirit of the exceptional young artists present at the room's inception.

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The Lehman Trilogy

March 22–April 20, 2019

"An enthralling, powerful, though-provoking play directed with brilliant minimalism and extraordinary elegance by Sam Mendes." — The Independent (UK)

Ben Power's electrifying adaptation of Stefano Massini's vast and poetic play follows the three Lehman brothers from their immigration to America in the mid-1800s through the 2008 collapse of the firm bearing their name, starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles.

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FKA twigs

May 11–12, 2019

"…[FKA twigs explores] the complexities of fundamental interpersonal intimacy within a spellbinding electronic pop aesthetic." — Pitchfork

The English singer, dancer, producer, and choreographer brings her distinctive amalgam of electronic music, R&B, and avant-garde pop to the Wade Thompson Drill Hall for a two-night engagment co-presented by Red Bull Music Festival.

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Everything That Happened and Would Happen

June 3–9, 2019

"Goebbels has a genius for creating arresting theatrical images…[he] never does the expected." — The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Visionary director and composer Heiner Goebbels returns to the Armory with a groundbreaking new Armory commission which poetically explores the re-enactment of history and civilizations' continual cycle of self-destruction through performance, sound, movement, and moving image.

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June 20–July 21, 2019

Using both the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the Armory's historic interiors, filmmaker Hito Steyerl reveals her most recent installation in the U.S. to date with this new commission combining existing and new works, which highlight the world's power structures, inequalities, obscurities, and delights.

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September 25–October 6, 2019

"As the world gets smaller and more dense and fascinating, culturally speaking, we look to artists like Miyagi to chart wonderful new theatrical territory, making it strange and familiar, all at once." — The New Yorker

Acclaimed director Satoshi Miyagi creates a new vision of Sophocles's fabled mythology through the prism of Japanese culture, blending the riveting Greek masterpiece about loss and memorialization with Japanese culture, Noh Theater, Indonesian shadow play, and Buddhist philosophy.

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Black Artists Retreat 2019: Sonic Imagination

October 11–12, 2019

"An enormous dreamer canny enough to make his outlandish ideas for the neighborhood a reality…[he is] a civic treasure on par with Chicago's skyline and downtown museums." — The New York Times

Bridging the gap between fine art and social activism, Theaster Gates hosts his renowned Black Artists Retreat for the first time outside of Chicago with public events that celebrate the occasion including special events and public discussions featuring leading artists, scholars, and activists.

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2019 Season Sponsors:


Support for Park Avenue Armory's artistic season has been generously provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, the Richenthal Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Armory's Artistic Council.

The Lehman Trilogy is supported in part by a generous grant from the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation. Additional sponsorship support is provided by SHOWTIME. The Lehman Trilogy is also is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Drill has been made possible in part by the Yanghyun Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Antigone is supported in part by The Japan Foundation.

The Recital Series is supported in part by The Reed Foundation.

The Artists Studio is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.