On February 19, the Aspen Institute Arts Program and Park Avenue Armory co-hosted the 2017 Interrogations of Form Series: Culture in a Changing America summit. Activating rooms throughout the historic Armory building, the groundbreaking event was attended by more than 300 guests and served as a critical platform for artists, civic leaders, journalists, and academics from across the country to convene and examine the role of arts and culture in our nations future.
Multidisciplinary discussions investigated cultures response to issues surrounding citizenship, gender, race and identity. Mira Nair, Jose Antonio Vargas, Eric Liu, Sarah Lewis, Tania Bruguera, Deborah Willis Thomas, Lil Buck, Toshi Reagon, Cristela Alonzo, and New York City Commissioners Tom Finkelpearl and Nisa Agrawal were among the dynamic voices commenting on what it means to create as an American, and the impact of the new political landscape on developing work and reaching audiences. Additional participants included Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis, Jason Moran, Devóne Tines, Sonia Sanchez and Ta-Nehisi Coates with featured music by members of the Ebony Hillbillies.