Armory Show Announces Talks, Screenings, and Special Projects for Next Month’s Fair


Today the Armory Show art fair unveiled the lineup of films, videos, talks, and panels for its upcoming 2013 edition, running March 7-10 and commemorating the legendary 1913 Armory Show. Additionally, Andy Warhol Museum director and Armory Focus: USA curator Eric Shiner has selected of site-specific commissions to be part of the fair’s Centennial celebrations.

Shiner’s on-site commissions and installations include a Warholian homage by Charles Lutz, who will create a tower of Brillo boxes at the fair, a presentation of Dave Cole’s “Flags of the World” (2008), which will hang from the piers’ rafters throughout the fair, and a site-specific light bulb sculpture by Peter Liversidge intended to evoke Gordon Matta-Clark‘s incisions at piers further down the Hudson.

The roster of lectures and discussions, Open Forum, has been curated by Art in General executive director Anne Barlow, while the organizers of the concurrent fair Moving Image has selected videos and films from exhibiting galleries to be part of the Armory Film programming. Both Open Forum and Armory Film will take place in the fair’s media lounge on Pier 94.

A highlight of the video programming is scheduled for the day before the fair even opens, “In Search Of…Zombies” (2011), is Matthew Day Jackson‘s 47-minute homage to a Leonard Nimoy TV show from the 1970s. It will be followed by a talk between Jackson and the original film’s director and co-writer David Tompkins, and its co-director Joseph Hung. On March 9, Liz Magic Laser will premiere her commissioned piece for the fair, “The Armory Show Focus Group” (2012-2013), wherein she conducts a series of six focus groups to evaluate the fair’s brand identity and the viability of her own editioned work.

For the Open Forum talks, Barlow has tapped Felix Salmon to moderate a discussion between Laser, Shiner, and Alvin Hall titled “The Psychology of Consumerism” at 1pm on March 7. Another notable talk on the fair’s schedule is a discussion between Marilyn Kushner, Francis Naumann, and Gail Stavitsky — and moderated by revered art critic and Yale art school dean Robert Storr — titled “The Armory Show 1913: Myths and Misconceptions” at 1pm on March 8.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image via The Armory Show/Facebook. Notice how magnetic Knight Landesman’s orange suit is in that photo. It’s like Medusa’s eyes: Once you lock eyes with it, you can’t look away!)