BIOGRAPHY - Rebecca Robertson, President and Executive Producer
5 October 2011
Rebecca Robertson President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory
A visionary urban planner and activist, Rebecca Robertson has served as President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory since 2006 and is spearheading the current $200-million restoration of the historic Seventh Regiment Armory and its revitalization as a nonprofit cultural center. Robertson has championed the Armory’s mission of presenting visual and performing arts programs that are catalyzed by, and respond to, the Armory’s unconventional spaces. With its 16 exuberant period rooms and immense Wade Thompson Drill Hall, the Armory fills a critical void in the cultural ecology of the city, allowing the public to experience immersive and monumental works of art that cannot be mounted in traditional performance halls and museums.
Under Robertson’s leadership, the Armory has garnered critical and popular acclaim for presenting programming not possible anywhere else in the City. In May 2009, the Armory launched its annual visual art commissioning program with anthropodino, a site-specific installation by Ernesto Neto. Its second commission, No Man’s Land by Christian Boltanski, was presented in the spring of 2010. This past December, the Armory launched its first full season of artistic programming with Leonardo’s Last Supper: A Vision by Peter Greenaway. The season also included the Tune-In Music Festival in February and the Armory's third annual commission, Ryoji Ikeda's the transfinite, currently on view. Robertson has also forged important collaborations with other major cultural institutions in New York City, including with the Art Production Fund and the Whitney Biennial, as well as with the Lincoln Center Festival in productions of Die Soldaten, Les Éphémères, and Boris Godunov. In summer 2011, the Armory will co-produce with Lincoln Center Festival a six-week residency by the Royal Shakespeare Company, who will reconstruct a replica of their Courtyard Theatre in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
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