The Museum of Modern Art will once again host The Armory Party, a benefit event with live music and DJs celebrating the opening of The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The Armory Show, the top international art fair held annually in New York City, is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. The evening reception, along with the daytime Early Access Preview at Piers 92 and 94, benefits exhibition programming for The Museum of Modern Art.

Preview starts at noon
Show Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River
Twelfth Avenue at 55 Street, New York

Party (8:00–9:00 p.m. VIP) and (9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. general admission)

Live Performance by Holy Ghost!
DJ set by The Range
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York

Preview and party to benefit The Museum of Modern Art

After-Party General Admission ($150 if purchased on or before March 1; $175 after March 1)
One ticket for MoMA Vernissage Access to The Armory Show at the Piers on March 2 (5:00–8:00 p.m.)
One general admission ticket to the MoMA Armory Show Party (9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.)

VIP Admission ($250) One ticket for MoMA Vernissage Access to The Armory Show at the Piers on March 2 (5:00–8:00 p.m.) and a run-of-show pass to keep coming back
One VIP ticket to the MoMA Armory Show Party; includes passed hors d’oeuvres and private access to Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

Patron Ticket ($750)
One ticket for MoMA Early Access at noon to The Armory Show on March 2 (12:00 p.m.), and a run-of-show pass to keep coming back
One VIP ticket to the MoMA Armory Show Party; includes passed hors d’oeuvres and private access to Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

Lead Benefactor Ticket ($10,000)
One limited-edition piece by The Armory Show's 2016 commissioned artist, Kapwani Kiwanga
Five tickets for MoMA Early Access at noon to The Armory Show on March 4 (12:00 p.m.), and a run-of-show pass to keep coming back.
Ten VIP tickets to the MoMA Armory Show Party; includes passed hors d’oeuvres and private access to Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

To purchase tickets, download the reply form.

*Kapwani Kiwanga Edition
For more information contact Lauren Driscoll, Special Programming and Events, lauren_driscoll@moma.org or (212) 708-9504
If you have further questions, please contact the Department of Special Programming and Events at (212) 708-9680 or e-mail specialevents@moma.org.

The Armory Show is New York’s foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2014, the fair will again feature The Armory Show – Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2014 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.

The 2016 Commissioned Artist is Kapwani Kiwanga, appointed by the Focus curators, Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, and The Armory Show. The Armory Show launched its distinguished Artist Commission in 2002, extending its commitment to supporting artists' development by providing a global stage for their work. In this capacity, Kiwanga will inform the visual identity of the fair by contributing to the design of the official fair catalogue, realizing an on-site commissioned project, and producing a limited-edition artwork with proceeds benefitting The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Born 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, and based in Paris, Kiwanga's versatile practice often takes shape through video, sound, and performance, relying on ephemera and collective history to form the bases of her approach. As a trained anthropologist and social scientist, she occupies the role of a researcher in her projects. Her methodology includes assembling narratives and establishing protocols, to observe culture and its characteristic propensity toward mutation, sometimes intentionally confusing truth and fiction in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives where marginal discourse can flourish. Afrofuturism, the anti-colonial struggle, collective memory, belief systems, vernacular, and popular culture are but some of the research areas that inspire her practice.

In her films, installations, and performances, which revolve around notions of belief and its relationship to "knowledge," Kiwanga employs documentary modes of representation, various material sources, and testimonies in a quasi-scientific approach. She is interested in different approaches to the role of the artist, explored most notably in her Afrogalactica trilogy project (2011–ongoing), for which she has invented and occupies the character of an anthropologist from the future who explores across vast fields of knowledge relating to Afrofuturism, hybrid genders, and African astronomy.

The fair introduced its annual commission in 2002, and four years later began publishing an annual series of editions by its commissioned artists to benefit The Museum of Modern Art.

For further information, please call the Special Events office at (212) 708-9680.