Park Avenue Armory Announces Details of 2015 Season
Featuring World and U.S. Premieres of Genre-Defying Commissions and Collaborations by Artists from New York adn Abroad.
Park Avenue Armory announced the details of its 2015 season, encompassing site-specific installations, commissions, and cross-disciplinary collaborations across a range of art forms—from installation, to dance, music, and performance art. The season reflects and strengthens the Armory’s mission, dedicated to advancing new forms of artistic expression, catalyzing open collaboration between artists, and creating immersive and thought-provoking experiences for audiences within its soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall and historic period rooms.
Embracing the work of local and international artists, the Armory season launches in March with FLEXN—a major commission co-directed by Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and visionary director Peter Sellars embracing and transforming Brooklyn’s sharp, bone-breaking street dance, flex. It continues with works from the world’s leading innovators in the arts, as they break through thresholds of space, memory, sound, and genre—from Philippe Parreno who, in his largest exhibition in the U.S. to date, transforms the presentation of visual art into an evolving sensory journey; to Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, and Jamie xx as they create a new contemporary ballet; to avant-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson who, through a site-specific installation in the Armory’s drill hall, will expand upon her work with storytelling and technology to create a site-specific environment that serves as a meditation on time, identity, surveillance and freedom; and finally to Igor Levit and Marina Abramović as they interpret Bach’s renowned Goldberg Variations, to create a concentrated durational performance that reflects upon music, time, space, emptiness, and luminosity. The 2015 season also marks the expansion of the Armory’s recital series, which continues to feature both rising and celebrated talent from around the globe in the glorious, intimate salon-setting of the newly revitalized Board of Officers Room.
“Park Avenue Armory provides artists with both the freedom and inspiration they need to push their practice, defy expectation, and achieve their most ambitious artistic visions,” stated Rebecca Robertson, President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory. “It has been especially thrilling to see how artists have been able play with the scale and unconventional nature of our spaces, creating site-specific and immersive environments that engage our audiences and captivate our imaginations in ways that go beyond what we could have ever expected.”
“This season, we have the opportunity to evolve and create new forms of expression that span both time and place—from a prodigiously talented group of self-made dancers from New York in their debut institutional performance, to the first U.S. exhibition from one of the most influential visual artists working today in France,” stated Alex Poots, Artistic Director of Park Avenue Armory. “We remain committed to supporting artistic talent from around the world to develop new work specially made for the Armory.”
The Armory’s 2015 season begins in March and continues through December. The season will also include the continuation of the Armory’s Under Construction series, which showcases works-in-progress by the Armory’s artists-in-residence. Launched in 2010, the Armory’s artist-in-residence program gives artists across a diverse array of disciplines dedicated space in the building’s historic second floor period rooms to research, create, and develop new works. The 2015 artists-in-residence will be announced in the coming months.