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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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In 1992, Paul McCarthy's career as an artist reached a turning point. His work was included in the now seminal exhibition, “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” curated by Paul Schimmel at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and with Mike Kelley, he created Heidi, a performance-video work (pictured) that brought together many of the themes McCarthy still explores today in WS. An entire community of talented LA-based artists had burst on the scene, and they were the talk of the town in art hubs across the globe.

Read the full exhibition booklet for Heidi: Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone here.

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