Assembly

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

“[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. As the title implies, the exhibition 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, once used as a site for soldiers to practice, is converted into Newsome’s mothership, which concurrently acts as an installation, performance space, and classroom. As visitors enter, they are confronted with video-mapped walls pulsing with computer-generated imagery surrounding a 40-foot-tall hologram sculpture and a 350-seat theater. 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 take workshops that combine lecture, critical pedagogy, dance, storytelling, and mindfulness meditation, bringing new possibilities for reflection and an enhanced academic experience for all people. For seven evenings, the theater will come 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

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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 16, 2022–March 6, 2022

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Installation Hours
Tuesdays–Saturdays: 12:00pm–7:00pm
Sundays: 12:00pm–6:00pm
Tickets start at $18 (plus fees); free for Armory members

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Performances
Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 9:00pm
Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:00pm
Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:00pm
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:00pm
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:00pm
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 9:00pm
Tickets: $40 (plus fees)
Performance tickets include admission to the Installation.

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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

Health and Safety Protocols
All ticket-holders must be fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” means that you received your final dose of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine at least 14 days before your performance date. At check-in, ticket holders will be required to show proof of full vaccination (the New York State Excelsior Pass or a hard copy or photo of your vaccination card) and a government-issued photo ID.

All patrons and staff are required to wear masks while inside the Armory.

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