Previous Performances

Massive Attack V Adam Curtis

September 28 – October 4, 2013

“Music and celluloid have been used together countless times but never quite like this.”
–The Guardian (London)

An extraordinary collaboration connecting the dark, intense music and visual work of Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack with the thought-provoking vision of documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, this site-specific event is a new kind of imaginative experience that integrates music, film, politics, and breathtaking moments of illusion in a hallucinatory ride through the dreams and hidden realities of our strange, anxious age.

The Machine

September 4—18, 2013

“A theatrical machine, delightful in the complexity and precision of its actions.”
–Entertainment Weekly

Staged by Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke, this new work by British playwright Matt Charman explores Kasparov’s dramatic battle with Deep Blue and its wunderkind inventor as the world breathlessly watched on live television.

Paul McCarthy: WS

June 19 - August 4, 2013

“What makes it all work is that Mr. McCarthy sees the Yahoo in himself and in us, and lets us see it too. In a world of brute, pandemic excess, self-knowledge is a minute thing, but a grace.”
–The New York Times

Adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been traditionally revered for their innocence or purity, McCarthy weaves together a massive, fantastical forest of towering trees with grotesque video projections of iconic characters playing out their own fairy tale drama in a replica of his childhood home.


March 20—27, 2013

“The visual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, in keeping with Stockhausen’s request that “Oktophonie” be experienced as it might be in outer space, turned the Drill Hall into a sort of lunar landscape.”
–The New York Times

Karlheinz Stockhausen is one of the most significant composers of modern and electronic music. Performed by one of his original collaborators Kathinka Pasveer, the maverick composer’s OKTOPHONIE from his opus Licht gets an exciting new life in an epic production of this monumental composition.

Ann Hamilton: the event of a thread

December 5, 2012 - January 6, 2013

“Complexly participatory, encompasses experiences both active and contemplative… surprisingly visceral, the air filled with sounds of glee.”
–The New York Times

A multisensory affair, the event of a thread draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body, the relationship between the animal and the human.

The Murder of Crows

August 3—September 9, 2012

“...beautifully realized...Spooky and spectacular...”
–The New York Times

The largest sound installation to date by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Murder of Crows is a compelling “sound play” that envelops the audience in an unexpected physical and aural environment. Moving and weaving through ninety-eight speakers mounted within the cavernous Drill Hall, the work narrates a captivating and confounding melodrama, investigating concepts of desire, intimacy, love and loss.

Trisha Brown Dance Company: ASTRAL CONVERTED

July 10 - 14, 2012

“Some of us only dream about flying; Trisha Brown launches her dreams onto the stage.”
–The Village Voice

Legendary choreographer Trisha Brown brings her company to the Armory’s Drill Hall for the restaging of Astral Converted, with visual and costume design by Robert Rauschenberg and original music by John Cage.

New York Philharmonic: Gruppen

June 29 – 30, 2012

“[Gruppen is] …one of the most remarkable of all 20th-century orchestral works.”
–The Guardian

In two epic evenings, the New York Philharmonic will explore the spatial qualities of the Armory’s soaring, 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with four iconic works in which the orchestra members surround the audience.


May 16 – June 17, 2012

“...wacky and intoxicating art immersion experiment...”
–Financial Times

Artist Tom Sachs takes his SPACE PROGRAM to the next level with a four week mission to Mars that recasts the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures. Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference.

Tune-In Music Festival

February 23 – 26, 2012

“Tune-In returns in an installment that is essentially a four-day celebration of Philip Glass's 75th birthday.”
–The New York Times

Comprised of five separate programs over the span of four days, the Tune-In Music Festival will feature Glass’s own music, including his definitive work Music in Twelve Parts, as well as music, poetry, and art created and performed by his muses, collaborators, and protégées.

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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.