Past Events

Institution Building: Abrons Arts Center 1975 – 2017

August 10, 2017

On August 10, architects Lo-Yi Chan, and Timothy Hartung of Ennead Architects will join Alan Ruiz (Abrons Artist-in-Residence) for a conversation surrounding the building’s original and new design on the eve of its renovation. Through a dialogue about the history and future of the building, this conversation will consider the many ways in which a renovation signals a change — not only aesthetic, but political.

6:30-7:30 PM | Underground Theater | FREE

Summer Block Party

July 28, 2017 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Celebrate culture this summer at Abrons’ FREE summer block party.

Dylan Crossman: Here We Are (World Premiere)

June 28 through June 30, 2017 from 8 PM

While Jesse Stiles’ haunting score and the feel of old Prague—crafted by scenographer Hubert Lafore—filter into the old Playhouse, ponder whether these individuals are in love with each other or in love with you, their witness. Or maybe it is the sound of you falling in love again. 

Abrons Playhouse | 8 PM | $20

Make Music New York

June 21, 2017

6-8 PM | Amphitheater | Free

Abrons Art Center is thrilled to highlight young emerging artists for this years Make Music New York festival. Join us for a high energy evening in our amphitheater featuring teen bands and video games by New York Videogame Critics Circle. 

Performance Space 122 Ramp Residency Showing: Tess Dworman

June 9 through June 10, 2017

Performance Space 122’s Ramp residency program is designed to foster the creation of ambitious, new work from New York City-based emerging artists through space, time and invaluable technical resources. Each residency period culminates in free showings open to the public. Tess Dworman will use her week-long residency at partner venue Abrons Arts Center to experiment with merging very different kinds of choreographic and improvisational material to become part of the same world. She initiated the process with a collage-like structure that pins together brief self-contained dances and situations varying in representationalism, abstraction, emptiness, realism, and fantasy. The performers conjure these qualities through scores that amplify ambiguity as a skill and the craft of oscillating between image and sensation. Her work has always explored meaning by willfully obscuring it in different ways. This next piece goes farther down this road to challenge how nonsensical parts can exist all together while maintaining the integrity and feeling of wholeness.

8 PM | Experimental Theater

Abrons Arts Center Presents Yvonne Rainer and Gregg Bordowitz in Conversation

June 5, 2017 from 7 PM

Artists Yvonne Rainer and Gregg Bordowitz will discuss their recent work in relation to techniques of reproduction in corporeal art, performance, film and writing. Rainer will read a new essay, and Bordowitz will read from various works. The event will include a presentation of documentation from a performance by artist Jimmy Robert and artist, writer, curator and teacher Ian White. Rainer and Bordowitz will draw on their experiences working with Robert and White.

Playhouse | 7 PM | FREE

Ivy Baldwin: Keen [No. 2] (World Premiere)

June 1 through June 11, 2017

This new dance for the Abrons Playhouse builds upon Baldwin’s recent Keen (Part 1) for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Co-commisioned by the Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater and The Joyce Theater, as part of Joyce Unleashed.

The Playhouse | Various Times | $20

Christina Masciotti: Raw Bacon From Poland (World Premiere)

June 1 through June 17, 2017 from 8 PM

2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti returns to Abrons (VISION DISTURBANCEADULT) with her latest work, RAW BACON FROM POLAND. For shoe salesman and aspiring personal trainer, Dennis Toledo, a lifetime of trouble assumes a new intensity after a bad tour in Iraq. Directed by Ben Williams.

Underground Theater | 8 PM | $25

Don DeLillo- The Body Artist

May 31 through June 3, 2017 from 7:30 PM

Ghost stories reflect uncertain times. This performance work-in-progress tells the story of artist, Lauren Harte, who lives on a lonely coast in a rambling rented house. She encounters a strange, ageless man with uncanny knowledge of her own life. Together they begin a journey into a spare, seductive outpost of time, love, and human perception.

7:30 PM | Experimental Theater