We have LOVED seeing your #PAALetGo photos! This week's photo contest winners include #NickCave-inspired fashions from @noreenkahmad and @shoppingcarts, an absolutely mesmerizing Hyperlapse of an Up Right performance by @kayellepea, a gravity-defying pose from The Hoop Movement's @amyatomica photographed by @chris_l_fernando and featuring @matteblacksoul, and three stunning shots by @_singhambika_ that put you right in the middle of the action from this weekend's Installation Hours. Congratulations—you're all in the running to receive free tickets to an upcoming Armory produciton! Until the grand prize winner is announced in July, keep snapping and sharing your creations with the hashtag #PAALetGo to enter our weekly contest. For a complete set of rules, visit armoryonpark.org/photocontest
Photo Contest: Share the Movement! Tag photos and videos of your “The Let Go” experience with the hashtag #PAALetGo for a chance to be featured on the Armory’s Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. Each Tuesday beginning June 12, we’ll share a roundup of the most creative and expressive posts from the previous week. On Thursday, July 5, one grand prize winner will be selected from the group of weekly winners to receive two free tickets to #WilliamKentridge’s processional musical journey, “The Head and The Load,” making its North American premiere at the Armory this December! For a complete list of rules visit armoryonpark.org/photocontest (📷: James Ewing)
Where did #NickCave get the idea for the first Soundsuit? #PAALetGo curator #TomEccles explains, "The first Soundsuit was created in response to the brutal beating of the unarmed Rodney King by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. The suit was made of sticks, twigs, and debris gathered from the streets creating a rustling body armor that erases 'gender, race, and class.'" Composed of colorfully overloaded sweaters, beads, buttons, raffia, toys, synythetic human hair, pipe cleaners and a panoply of found materials, Cave's Soundsuits form an alternate universe of magical characters—a twenty-first century incarnation of shaman-like figures that recall both indigenous and African ceremonial costumes. "This resemblance is important," Eccles explains, "for in their animation through dance, Cave aims to evoke, if not actually create, a moment of almost religious significance, a moment of transfiguration." (📷: James Ewing)
Today we honor all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice during their service in the United States Armed Forces. In this centennial year of the Seventh Regiment’s participation in #WWI, we salute the 580 men of the 107th who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease in “The Great War” #MemorialDay #107NYCentennial #WWICC
#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!