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Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. With its Gilded Age interiors and soaring 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall, the Armory allows artists to create – and audiences to experience – epic, immersive and adventurous work that cannot be done anywhere else. The Armory seeks to stimulate the most ambitious and innovative work many artists will undertake in their career. Such has been its impact in its first five years that in December 2011 The New York Times noted “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”

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"[Ryoji] Ikeda aims to transport the audience to some ideal realm, yet with [the transfinite] he is also helping the Armory to form a distinctive urban identity. Built in 1880 for a militia regiment that included scions of the city’s upper crust, the building combines the qualities of an industrial facility and a gentleman’s club. Panelled walls and Tiffany windows adorn the chambers by the entrance. Beyond is the iron-vaulted Drill Hall, which has lately become a playground for artists of outsized imaginations.”
- Ariella Budick, The Financial Times

"[Ryoji] Ikeda aims to transport the audience to some ideal realm, yet with [the transfinite] he is also helping the Armory to form a distinctive urban identity. Built in 1880 for a militia regiment that included scions of the city’s upper crust, the building combines the qualities of an industrial facility and a gentleman’s club. Panelled walls and Tiffany windows adorn the chambers by the entrance. Beyond is the iron-vaulted Drill Hall, which has lately become a playground for artists of outsized imaginations.”
- Ariella Budick, The Financial Times

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