“[Rashaad Newsome] is a sophisticated, canny interpreter of the complexity of surfaces, colors, and images…the work is consistently rewarding on an intellectual level.”

“[Newsome’s] work is irreverent and brazen. It is deeply referential. It is decisive. It is disruptive. It is king.”
Forbes Magazine

The Armory’s 2022 Wade Thompson Drill Hall programming begins in February with Assembly, a multifaceted commission by interdisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome. Newsome’s residency is a communion of multiple art forms spanning the artist’s work for over a decade, including artificial intelligence, sculpture, CGI, assemblage, and holography. Through the artist’s creative exhibition design, the iconic Drill Hall is converted into Newsome’s mothership. Visitors travel through: a kinetic fractal environment of video-mapped walls pulsing with computer-generated imagery surrounding a 40-foot-tall hologram sculpture; an exhibition of sculptures and collages; and finally, a separate 350-seat theater for decolonization workshops and dance performances with music and poetry. At the center of all of this is Being, the second generation of Newsome’s AI progeny whose voice acts as the exhibition’s soundscape. When not reading their poetry, Being invites visitors to participate (actively and passively) in decolonization workshops that combine lecture, critical pedagogy, dance, storytelling, and mindfulness meditation, bringing new possibilities for reflection and an enhanced experience for all people. Each evening, the theater comes alive with the premiere of Newsome’s new performance featuring live poetry, music, vocalists, and dancers from across the globe—presenting contemporary movements that synthesize vogue fem with the traditional dance from their territories

Salon: Captcha: Dancing, Data, Liberation
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Tickets: $25 (plus fees)

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We place scientists and artists in dialogue to explore how dance and movement is hacking today’s digital technology. Can art exploit glitches in the techno-social interface?

This event is part of Making Space at the Armory.

A Park Avenue Armory Commission


Assembly is supported in part by a generous grant from Ken Kuchin and Tyler Morgan.

Image: Rashaad Newsome: To Be Real at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2020. Photo: Charlie Villyard.

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February 18, 2022–March 6, 2022

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Tickets start at $18 (plus fees); free for Armory members

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Tuesdays–Saturdays at 9:00pm
Tickets: $40 (plus fees)

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

Performances are approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

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Beginning January 29, 2022, the Armory will require proof of a booster shot for all those for whom the timing of earlier vaccinations makes them eligible for a booster. Those not yet eligible will be able to continue to enter provided they are two weeks past their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

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