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Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto makes North American premiere at Park Avenue Armory
Installation of Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto at Park Avenue Armory. Photo by James Ewing.

NEW YORK, NY.- Park Avenue Armory mounts the North American premiere of Manifesto —a work by Julian Rosefeldt that stars Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. Inspired by the tradition of artist manifestos, Manifesto is a collage of artistic declarations of the 20th century reinterpreted as poetic monologues that provoke timeless questions about the artist’s role in society. Rosefeldt adapts the installation in a site-specific presentation for the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall, where it is on view December 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Manifesto is the first engagement of the institution’s 2017 season, the 10th anniversary of artistic programming for the pionerring organization.

The 13 scenes that comprise Manifesto draw on more than 50 milestones of artist manifestos from the past century, woven together into dramatic soliloquies that highlight specific movements or schools of thought. The texts are brought to life by Blanchett, who creates 13 different roles in a kaleidoscopic series of characterizations ranging from a funeral orator to a TV anchorwoman to a corporate CEO to a homeless man. Presented simultaneously on adjacent screens, the text and images blend together into a highly theatrical cinematic installation that recaptures the defiant spirit of its source material for a contemporary audience.

“As an institution dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic convention, the Armory is an ideal setting for a work like Manifesto that takes up artistic iconoclasm as its very subject,” said Rebecca Robertson, President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory. “We are thrilled to be working with Julian Rosefeldt on an immersive installation of this daring work, and to offer our audiences the opportunity to experience Cate Blanchett’s astonishingly diverse and affecting performances.”

“Manifesto is a singular work of creative vision, which furthers the Armory’s tradition of mounting multidisciplinary projects that defy categorization,” said Pierre Audi, Artistic Director of Park Avenue Armory. “We are pleased to bring this soaring tribute to the artist manifesto, the result of an ambitious collaboration between two world-class artists, to our majestic drill hall in a site-specific installation.”

Though manifestos are most commonly associated with political movements, the 20th century saw the appropriation of the form in an artistic context, beginning with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto” in 1909. The texts quoted in Manifesto survey major artistic revolutions of the past 100 years, from influential movements like Dadaism, Surrealism, and Minimalism to insurgent artist collectives like The Blue Rider. By reconstituting historical manifestos by a mostly male authorship as monologues delivered by a female performer in contemporary settings, Rosefeldt invites viewers to consider the gendered, social, and political contexts that shape artistic disruption.

An artist and filmmaker whose work often explores the boundaries of historical and artistic representation, Rosefeldt has described Manifesto as an homage to the artist manifesto as a literary form. The installation’s textual collage quotes some of the most notable artists and theorists of the past century at very early stages in their careers, including Tristan Tzara, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and many others. In a nod to the political origins of the manifesto tradition, Manifesto also includes a “Prologue” segment, in which Blanchett’s voice recites words by Tristan Tzara and the first line from Marx’s and Engels’ “Manifesto of the Communist Party” set against the metaphorically charged image of a burning fuse.

Manifesto received its world premiere in December 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, which co-commissioned the work with Nationalgalerie Berlin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Sprengel Museum Hannover, and Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts. The work was further generously supported by Bayerischer Rundfunk, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, and Burger Collection Hong Kong. Rosefeldt presented Manifesto at the Ruhrtriennale this summer, before the Armory’s North American premiere.

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