The Park Avenue Armory's latest large-scale installation is perhaps a bit simpler than some of its recent exhibitions, but that doesn't mean it's uninteresting. See for yourself: artist Ann Hamilton has taken over the space with a graceful and elegant interactive installation called the event of a thread. The piece bifurcates the massive armory space using, as you can see, a massive billowing cloth. On one side are swings, and on the other side... caged pigeons and performers sitting at desks. It's all very mysterious, but here's how the Armory describes it:
the event of a thread
references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.
The installation will be on view until January 6th, and this Saturday at 2 p.m. Hamilton will talk about her artistic process, collaborations, and the ideas that inform her work. (Tickets to the talk cost $10, but admission to the Armory is also free on Saturday.)