Park Avenue Armory has reinvented itself into a visionary multimedia arts institution renowned worldwide. From the sublime installation of Ryoji Ikeda to the epic productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Armory transcends both artists’ and audiences’ experiences and expectations. For the first time on film, WNET takes public television viewers inside this American landmark to discover its storied past and revolutionary future.
Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Morley Safer (60 Minutes) serves as presenter. Featured interviewees include Rebecca Robertson, President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory; Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Pritzker Prize-winning design architects, Samuel White, architect and great grandson of Stanford White, one of the original designers; and Philip Glass, whose music will be celebrated at the Armory’s Tune-In Music Festival in 2012.
Park Avenue Armory was built by the New York State’s prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard. Members included New York’s most prominent Gilded Age families including the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts, among others. The Armory is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar revitalization. Treasures examines the painstaking restoration of two of the 18 period rooms as well as a look at the celebrated 19th-century rooms designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White.
The documentary showcases the Armory’s recent exhibitions including the critically acclaimed the transfinite by Ryoji Ikeda, the outsized reimagining of Leonardo’s Last Supper by Peter Greenaway, and rehearsals of one of the artist-in-residence, Shen Wei Dance Arts. The program goes behind the scenes at the performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company and treats viewers to time-lapse footage of the building and deconstructing of a full-scale Shakespearean theater inside the 50,000 square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Aaron Young motorcycle footage:
Film Directed by Kai Regan
Cinematographer and Lighting Designer: Carlos Veron
Produced by All Day Everday
Major support for Treasures of New York: Park Avenue Armory is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, and the Metropolitan Media Fund.