Helga: The Armory Conversations

Everyday Conversations with Extraordinary People

Artist, performer and host Helga Davis brings a soulful curiosity about and love of people to the podcast Helga: The Armory Conversations. She draws the listener into intimate conversations with artists, scholars and cultural change-makers, famous and lesser known, who join her to share the steps they’ve taken along their paths. These inspiring conversations expand our world and our imaginations as we explore what we think we know about each other. The new season of Helga is a co-production of WNYC Studios and Park Avenue Armory. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, and Death, Sex & Money.Part American palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory supports unconventional works in the performing and visual arts that cannot be fully realized in a traditional proscenium theater, concert hall, or white wall gallery.

Episode Four: Jason Reynolds

Youth author Jason Reynolds joins Helga Davis to talk about what it means to make work during the pandemic and how important it is to make space for the next generation.

Episode Three: Tina Campt

Helga Davis invites Scholar and Author Tina Campt to explore her relationship to her practice and to family, centering the conversation on the power and pleasure of listening to images.

Episode Two: Marilee Talkington

Actress and Disability Advocate Marilee Talkington sits down with Helga Davis to talk about her journey towards a life in theater, how she continues to innovate in that space as a low vision actress, and how important it is to be a resource and voice for her community.

Episode One: Nick Cave

Visual artist Nick Cave joins Helga Davis to talk about the evolution of his sculptural work, his community collaborations, and how to move from Black sorrow to Black excellence.

Learn more about previous seasons of Helga at wnycstudios.org.

Helga: The Armory Conversations podcast is a co-production of WNYC Studios and Park Avenue Armory.

Photo © Renee Cox. Wardrobe by Nick Cave for Helga Davis.

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