Park Avenue Armory Announces Symposium on Gender, Race, and Politics With Tania Bruguera, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and More

The Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory. COURTESY PARK AVENUE ARMORY

The Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory.


The Park Avenue Armory in New York has announced a working list of artists, writers, and civic figures who will participate in “Culture in a Changing America,” a daylong symposium that will mark the first manifestation of an ongoing 2017 series called “Interrogations of Form.” The opening program, on February 19, will feature an afternoon of panels, artist salons, and performances surrounding themes of “genre, gender, race, and citizenship in the new political landscape,” a statement explains. The event, to take place in the Armory’s historic period rooms (smaller but grander than its cavernous Drill Hall), is hosted in partnership with the Aspen Institute Arts Program. Participants include:

  • Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City
  • Cristela Alonzo, creator of Cristela on ABC
  • Tania Bruguera, Cuban performance artist
  • Lil Buck, hip-hop choreographer and jook dancer
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle
  • Randy Cohen, host of Person Place Thing
  • Negin Farsad, writer, comedian, director, actress
  • Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray, choreographer and dancer
  • Eric Liu, writer and founder of Citizen University
  • Jason Moran, jazz pianist and composer
  • Mira Nair, filmmaker and activist
  • Toshi Reagon, singer and band leader of the BIGLovely
  • Sonia Sanchez, poet
  • Erika Wurth, poet and writer
  • Deborah Willis, professor and chair of photography and imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS

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