Park Avenue Armory
|Park Avenue Armory|
643 Park Avenue|
|Coordinates||40°46′1.9895″N 73°57′55.5037″W / 40.767219306°N 73.965417694°WCoordinates: 40°46′1.9895″N 73°57′55.5037″W / 40.767219306°N 73.965417694°W|
|Operator||Pierre Audi (Artistic Director)|
Platt Byard Dovell White|
and Herzog & de Meuron
The Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, generally known as Park Avenue Armory, is a non-profit cultural institution within the historic Seventh Regiment Armory building located at 643 Park Avenue on New York City's Upper East Side. Since taking over the building in December 2006, Park Avenue Armory’s mission has been to revitalize the landmark building as a center for unconventional works in the performing and visual arts, while simultaneously maintaining and restoring the historic aspects of the building. Part palace, part industrial shed, Park Avenue Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of New York by enabling artists to create—and audiences to experience—unconventional work that cannot be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums. With its soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall—reminiscent of 19th-century European train stations—and array of exuberant period rooms, the Armory offers a new platform for creativity across all art forms.
The Armory's first three years of artistic programming presented work in partnership with other cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art before launching its first solo exhibitions with Ernesto Neto's anthropodino in 2009 and Christian Boltanski’s No Man's Land in 2010. The Armory then engaged consulting artistic director Kristy Edmunds to develop its first two full artistic seasons for 2011 and 2012. The 2013 season was curated by the incoming artistic director Alex Poots.
Renovation of the Seventh Regiment Armory
The conservancy is currently in the midst of a 200 million dollar renovation of the building. Park Avenue Armory hired the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron to design the restoration and renovation of the building with executive architects Platt Byard Dovell White. Two historic rooms were restored in 2011 with sixteen more and the historic halls remaining.
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