Park Avenue Armory to Partner with Studio Museum in Harlem on ‘Culture in a Changing America’ Symposium -ARTnews

Thelma Golden, with Tom Finkelpearl, at the 2018 “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, at the Park Avenue Armory.


The Park Avenue Armory in New York will partner with the Studio Museum in Harlem for its third annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, which will bring together artists, activists, scholars, and more across disciplines. The day-long affair will take place on Sunday, February 17.

The “Culture in a Changing America” symposium is the first program within the Armory’s yearlong “Interrogations of Form” conversation series. It was first initiated in 2017, as a response to the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump as president, and aimed to look at the state of culture in today’s political climate. The partnership grew out of the Studio Museum’s discussions about creating offsite programming around New York while its new David Adjaye–designed building is under construction.

The symposium will be broken into three successive sessions that will last from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The first two sessions, titled “Art & Identity” and “Art & Activism,” will feature multiple conversations, including ones on “Race & Performance,” “The Structures of Justice,” and “Shifting the Lens of Historical Erasure.” Each session will also include a “Salons” section, featuring open studios with artists and performances.

Among the participants across the day’s programming are artists Leslie Hewitt, Derrick Adams, American Artist, Onyedika Chuke, and Rachel Barnard, Disability/Arts/NYC founder Simi Linton, curator LeRonn Brooks, theater director Lileana Blain-Cruz, choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, playwright and activist Murielle Borst-Tarrant, and public health professor Karen Flórez, among many others. The full schedule is available here.

The third session will feature a keynote conversation, moderated by Studio Museum director and chief curator Thelma Golden, with artist Julie Mehretu, musician Toshi Reagon, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones, and performance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who recently left the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a new position at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“Showcasing an impressive range of leaders from the social and artistic spectrum, this series presents opportunities to address some of the most pressing issues of our time,” Park Avenue Armory president Rebecca Robertson said in a statement.

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