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ArtInfo, 4 September 2014
Park Avenue Armory Commissions Massive Douglas Gordon Installation for 2014 SeasonYBA Douglas Gordon is set to collaborate with pianist Hélène Grimaud on a large-scale commissioned piece that will debut in the Park Avenue Armory's 55,000-square-foot drill hall on December 10 and run through January 4. A "monumental installation and performance piece" titled "tears become … streams become … ," the piece is inspired by water and brings a giant pool of the stuff into the armory. Grimaud is set to activate the space with nighttime performances of water-inspired works by composers including Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt from December 9 through 21, while a player piano will play during the day. "Here at the Armory, we encourage artists to envision and create new works of art that would not be possible to produce anywhere else-fostering the realization of projects that are truly site-specific and that demand non- traditional spaces and audience involvement," said Rebecca Robertson, president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory, in a release. "This collaboration between Douglas Gordon and Hélène Grimaud is a prime example of why the Armory as an arts institution was founded: to provide artists with a platform for boundless creative expression, and the public with opportunities for extraordinary and unexpected artistic experiences."