Outdoor Sculpture Installation Coming to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center This Summer
The Armory Show and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) are teaming up to present a unique sculpture show that fully embraces fairness and creativity.
Titled Armory Off-Site at the US Open, the exhibit is an extension of Armory Off-Site, now in its second year. From August 23 to September 11, 2022, a selection of exhibitors will showcase large-scale outdoor sculptures by artists from underrepresented backgrounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, coinciding with the tournament and fair.
“We are honored to partner with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on this exciting new initiative that connects our two events for the first time,” said Nicole Berry, Executive Director of The Armory Show. “This joint venture brings part of The Armory Show to the tournament and its visitors, promising to spark important conversations around the dynamic works on display. Armory Off-Site at the US Open makes September the defining cultural moment for international audiences in New York. We look forward to building on this partnership for many years to come, providing a platform for artists as well as a rich experience for US Open visitors.
The installation will feature works by Gerald Chukwuma (Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery), Jose Dávila (Sean Kelly), Luzene Hill (K Art), Myles Nurse (Half Gallery) and Carolyn Salas (Ms.), all of whom come from a wide range of backgrounds. The the partnership is founded on the USTA and The Armory Show’s shared vision of creativity, inspiration and fairness, and tThe installation builds on the USTA’s Be Open social impact campaign, launched in 2020, and marks the first time in US Open history that contemporary galleries will showcase sculptural works at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“This is an exciting next step in the continued integration of the arts into the US Open,” said Nicole Kankam, General Manager, Pro Tennis Marketing, USTA. “The ‘Be Open’ campaign has been a platform for tennis and the US Open to champion diverse and creative voices, and a partnership with The Armory Show, one of New York’s longstanding cultural institutions, will only extend the US Open’s commitment to embodying these values.”
The Armory Show will announce the Armory Off-Site’s broader public projects and partners in the coming weeks.