Previous Performances

Camille Norment & Craig Taborn

October 16, 2016

“Ms. Norment’s instruments can trespass the border between what is considered beautiful and what is considered noise.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Multimedia artist Camille Norment and electronic musician Craig Taborn partner for the very first time in a presentation that traces the fringes of sound, perception, and historical memory and perfectly marries with the varying aesthetics of the space.

Artist Talk: Circle Map

October 14, 2016

Kaija Saariaho, designer Jennifer Tipton, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss Circle Map.

Circle Map

October 13—14

“To journey into Saariaho’s music is to be confronted with the darkest and most dazzling dimensions of your subconscious.”
–The Guardian (UK)

The revered New York Philharmonic returns to the Armory for the New York premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's Circle Map, a new work for orchestra and electronics that builds out from six stanzas by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, and D'om la Vrai Sens. The evening also includes the U.S. premiere of Lumiére et Pesanteur as well as Lonh, a work that combines medieval love poetry sung by rising soprano Jennifer Zetlan with an electronic score that manipulates sounds from nature to evoke a distant, luminous landscape.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton & Bruno Fontaine

October 7—8, 2016

“Sonia Wieder-Atherton has created a tribute to Nina Simone that is more than the sum of its parts and a world away from a straightforward set of cover songs.”
–The Strad

Having delighted Armory audiences in 2015 with her program of Benjamin Britten’s powerful suites and Sylvia Plath’s haunting poetry, renowned cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton returns to the Board of Officers Room with the North American premiere of a program that boldly re-imagines the radical, sometimes fierce music of Nina Simone.

Lucy Raven

September 29—30, 2016

“Raven is poised to map a newly emerging regime by which filmic spaces are set.”
–Art In America

Lucy Raven comes to the Veterans Room to reimagine her work Tales of Love and Fear, a unique instance of cinema that is as much a film as it is a kinetic sculpture performing the architecture of the space it inhabits.

Artist Talk: Taryn Simon

September 24, 2016

Artist Taryn Simon discusses the creation of and process behind her latest work with special guests.

Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

September 13–25

“One of the leading artists to understand our moment in history.”
–Interview Magazine

Groundbreaking artist Taryn Simon creates an immersive new work unlike any other, in which the subjects themselves become the objects of exhibition. Simon directs and designs both an environment and experience created specifically for the drill hall that defies mediums and the lines between performer and viewer. Experienced after sundown under the cover of darkness, this multifaceted work – at once intensely solitary and somberly communal – blends performance, sound, and architecture.

Andreas Ottensamer & José Gallardo

September 7—9, 2016

“One of the leading clarinetists working today.”
–The Independent (UK)

Born into a musical family in Vienna, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer dabbled with the piano and cello before taking up the clarinet. The young Austrian prodigy makes his North American recital debut in the Board of Officers Room with a program the perfectly showcases what the clarinet can do in a space that highlights the sheer beauty of chamber music.

Martin Creed Curatorial Talks

June 18—July 30, 2016

Join the Armory’s curatorial assistant for insightful, hour-long conversations with artists, scholars, cultural leaders, and social trailblazers, who offer new points of view and unique perspectives on this inventive British artist and his largest survey to date.

Milford Graves & Deantoni Parks

June 13, 2016

“Multi-percussionist Milford Graves generate[s] all sorts of musical fire.”
–All About Jazz

The art of music making gets examined through the lenses of science and technology in this thrilling double bill of music and projection by two percussion pioneers, seminal drummer Milford Graves and musician Deantoni Parks.

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Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.