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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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VIRTUAL ARMORY LIVE - JUNE 10

Senses of Brown

In conjunction with "Senses of Brown," the second edition of Armory Access: Curated, César García-Alvarez hosted a conversation with artists Aliza Nisenbaum and María Fragoso.

García-Alvarez introduced Nisenbaum’s and Fragoso’s practices and explored a variety of topics associated with the term Latinx—from debates it has spurred to its specific use within the field of contemporary art. The speakers shared their personal views of the term, address the complexities it engenders for artists and culture-makers, and considered its efficacy in advancing and unlocking the work of artists with varying relationships to Latinidad.

VIRTUAL ARMORY LIVE - MARCH 2021

Exquisite Corpse: Nature, Form, and Function of Cities and Public Art in 2021

Exquisite Corpse was a collaborative game beloved by the Surrealists in which multiple participants composed a phrase or drawing collectively, each working within certain confines but unaware of the preceding or future contributions. The final result was a calculated yet random composition. In their own way, cities are similarly assembled in a collaborative way, to sometimes-dazzling effect. A year into the pandemic, we have an increased understanding of the value and necessity of public space, an eye to the democratization of art within those spaces, and perhaps a rethinking of the collective way of life and use of cities.
A conversation with Shamim M. Momin, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Tom Finkelpearl, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, cultural policy consultant, and author, Fred Fisher, AIA, founding partner of Frederick Fisher and Partners, and Allan Schwartzman, Founder and Principal of Schwartzman & Associates.

VIRTUAL CURATORIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - FEBRUARY 2021

Museums as Monuments: Part 1

"Museums as Monuments" is offered as a three-part discourse that will explore the realities, challenges, and future visions of cultural institutions. The first conversation in this series, "Museums as Monuments: Part 1," was held on February 24, 2021, and explored the challenges faced by museums, their histories as static repositories, and how they have in current times, attempted to morph into dynamic, inclusive spaces.

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The Armory Show's 2021 Curatorial Leadership Summit Chair, was in conversation with Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Founder of the Art for Justice Fund.

VIRTUAL ARMORY LIVE - JANUARY 2021

The Caddy Court: A Reflection on the Justice System

Moderator Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, journalist, art critic, and author of Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene in the 1960s, Anne Ellegood, Good Works Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Nina Totenberg, American legal affairs correspondent for NPR, specialist in the affairs and politics of the SCOTUS, explore the legacy and timeless meaning of "The Caddy Court" and the insight it provides into an extraordinary moment in the history of the United States.

Edward and Nancy Kienholz’s The Caddy Court was presented in the U.S. for the first time since 1997 at The Armory Show 2020. Created in 1986, the work remains remarkably relevant today in the context of significant changes to the U.S. Supreme Court and urges viewers to reflect on the power of the Court and its impact on our daily lives.

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VIRTUAL ARMORY LIVE - SEPTEMBER 2020

Collecting in Uncertain Times

With collectors Marguerite Hoffman, Bernard Lumpkin, and Viet-Nu Nguyen were in conversation with Nicole Berry, Executive Director at The Armory Show, about how their collecting habits have changed over the past six months and what they are focusing on moving forward.

VIRTUAL ARMORY LIVE - JUNE 2020

Public Art: The Way Forward

With Jean Cooney, Director, Times Square Arts, Michelle Woo, Director, For Freedoms, and artists Christine Wong Yap and Nekisha Durrett discuss their current project Messages for the City and the role of public art in light of the 2020 pandemic and in response to the current protests against racial injustice. Moderated by Nicole Berry, Executive Director, The Armory Show.

VIRTUAL CURATORIAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - MAY 2020

Embracing the Uncertainty

A discussion with Sally Tallant, President and Executive Director, Queens Museum and Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+ Hong Kong, moderated by Nicole Berry, Executive Director of The Armory Show.