2020 Interrogations of Form

”[it was]…a massive convening…filling the gilded, schizo-baroque rooms and halls with a dazzling mix of artists, thinkers, and impresarios…I felt lucky to be in attendance.”

Held in the Armory’s historic rooms, Interrogations of Form offers conversations, performances, and salons in which artists provide a unique perspective on the ever-changing state of culture in America. Participants in this series have included Armory Artists-in-Residence Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lynn Nottage, Imani Uzuri, and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elizabeth Diller, Negin Farsad, Nona Hendryx, Hari Kondobolu, Tony Kushner, Jason Moran, Mira Nair, Meshell Ndegeocello, Suzan-Lori Parks, Toshi Reagon, David Remnick, Sonia Sanchez, The United Lenape Nations, Paula Vogel, and Lynette Wallworth.

100 Years | 100 Women
Part I: 100 Years
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 per session (plus fees) or $45 (plus fees) for a Day Pass

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Don’t miss a day of talks and performances by noted artists, thinkers and cultural leaders as they explore the complex legacy of the 19th Amendment 100 years after its ratification. Participants include photographer and scholar Deborah Willis, actor-activists Kathleen Turner and Tantoo Cardinal, spoken word performer Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”, vocalist Martha Redbone, visual artist Renee Cox, performance artist Karen Finley and community organizer De’Ara Balenger and many others.

This Symposium launches 100 Years | 100 Women, an initiative of Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, and nine major cultural institutions including, The Apollo Theater, The Juilliard School, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, The Laundromat Project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, National Sawdust, New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture), and Urban Bush Women, who will collectively commission one hundred artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.

Artist Talk: Maria Vespers
Canceled: Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Conductor Raphaël Pichon, sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere, and Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss adapting Monteverdi’s sacred work for contemporary audiences

Artist Talk: Deep Blue Sea
Canceled: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Sunday Salon: Fazal Sheikh
Postponed Until Further Notice
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

Renowned photographer Fazal Sheikh, who uses photographs to document people living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, hosts a special afternoon of installations and conversation. Sheikh will display his signature combination of portraits, personal narratives, found photographs, archival material, sound, and his own written texts and discuss his conviction that a portrait is, as far as possible, an act of mutual engagement, and only through a long-term commitment to a place and to a community can a meaningful series of photographs be made.

Confrontational Comedy
Canceled: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

Confrontational Comedy returns for a fifth year. This unforgettable evening of comedy sets and conversation highlights the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics. Previous participants have included: Warrington Hudlin, Nish Kumar, Hari Kandobolu, Negin Farsad, Aparna Nancherla, Jena Friedman, Jordan Carlos, Leighann Lord, Charla Lauriston, Billy Wayne Davis, Jes Tom, and Tien Tran.

Artist Talk: Hamlet
Canceled: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Sunday Salon: Transformative Art of Remembrance II
Canceled: Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

An afternoon of performance, testimony, and the word, hosted in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt.

Artist Talk: Oresteia
Canceled: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

100 Years | 100 Women
Part II: 100 Women—Celebration of Commissions
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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To mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre and nine other multi-disciplinary cultural institutions across New York City, created the 100 Years | 100 Women Project, a two-part multi-disciplinary initiative. Collectively, the partners nominated 100 artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to respond to the centennial and its complex legacy. Commissioning partners include the Apollo Theater; The Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women.

Part I of the Initiative, a Symposium, was convened on February 15, 2020.

Additional information about Part II, the celebration of commissioned works, will be announced in the near future.

Sunday Salon: Shani Jamila
Canceled: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 3:00pm
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

This in-person event is cancelled.  Please check back for information on a future project with Shani Jamila.

Artist Talk: The Second Violinist
Canceled: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Artist Talk: Doppelganger
Canceled: Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

Artist Talk: Enclosure
Postponed: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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


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