#FlashbackFriday: We're swinging into the weekend with a look back at Armory artist #AnnHamilton's multisensory installation, "the event of a thread," which transformed the Wade Thompson Drill Hall into "a playground for the soul" (Hyperallergic) from December 2012–January 2013. Next week, Hamilton discusses her artistic practice with photographer Susan Meiselas as part of @NYPL's #LIVEfromtheNYPL conversation series. Tap the link in our profile for more information and tickets #FBF (📷: James Ewing)
One hundred years ago today—and eight months after marching out of Park Avenue Armory to begin training for war—the men of the Seventh Regiment finally shipped off for France on May 9, 1918. The 2,995 men of the 107th Infantry Division boarded the USS Antigone and USS Susquehanna (pictured) bound for the port city of Brest, France, where they would arrive on May 23. As the Regiment's participation in #WWI increases over the coming months, we'll be sharing more insights into the identity, activity, and hardships of the men to commemorate the centennial anniversary of these pivotal events in the Regiment's history. #107NYCentennial #WWICC
Next Friday, comedian Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) headlines the third iteration of Confrontational Comedy—an evening of comedy sets and a conversation highlighting the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics. Joining her on stage are comedians Jordan Carlos (@jordancarlosofficial) and Jes Tom (@jesthekid) and host Warrington Hudlin. Tap the link in our profile for more info and tickets!
Behind the Scenes: Director Simon Stone discusses the design and staging of #PAAYerma, including the significance of the seasons depicted on stage, the role the "other" audience plays in experiencing the work, and why he's interested in "the magic of theatre." Tap the link in our bio to watch the full video.
#ThrowbackThursday: The Armory's theater roots run deep. As part of our ongoing series tracking the Seventh Regiment's participation in #WWI, check out this cast photo from the 1918 production of "You Know Me, Al" an entirely original musical with music, book, lyrics and a cast of male and female roles (look closely!) produced and played by the men of 27th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard. Created to distract from the tedium and hardships of training, the production first ran at Fort Wadsworth in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by a run at New York's Lexington Theatre in April, where it was staged to raise money and new recruits before the Division shipped off to France. The play was an instant hit, selling out nearly every performance, and it received a glowing review in The New York Times. After an extended run, the play was seen by an audience of more than 21,500 and netted $25,000—worth almost $372,000 today—with the final performance taking place at Washington, D.C.'s Belasco Theatre. Look for more posts tagged #107NYCentennial and #WWICC as we track the regiment on their journey from camp to the trenches throughout the year.
"It’s the basis of magic: show the audience how impossible an idea is, then do it right in front of their eyes." If you've seen #PAAYerma, you might still be wondering about the play's impossibly fast, cinematic scene changes. Tap the link in our bio to read more about director Simon Stone's collaboration with "magician" set designer Lizzie Clachan via @surfacemag (📷: Stephanie Berger)
Join us Sunday, April 15 for Sunday Salon: Film with immersive artist and filmmaker #LynetteWallworth. The afternoon includes a discussion exploring the power of emerging interactive technologies and gestural interfaces—including #virtualreality—plus screenings of Wallworth's films @collisionsvr and the multi-channel "Still Walking Country." Visit armoryonpark.org for more info (📷: Renee Stamatis/ “Collisions” film still courtesy Lynette Wallworth)