DEC 3: Peter Greenaway

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DEC 3: Peter Greenaway
Two views of Leonardo’s Last Supper: A Vision by Peter Greenaway.

DEC 3: Peter Greenaway

It’s rather cheeky of Peter Greenaway to call his work “post-Avatar,” but in a way he’s right. Since 2007 the British filmmaker and multimedia artist has been creating 3-D visual feasts by combining holograms, lasers, and digital technology with Old Master paintings. His latest, Leonardo’s Last Supper: A Vision by Peter Greenaway, arrives in New York on December 3, kicking off the first season of programming at the newly renovated Park Avenue Armory and anchoring a six-week celebration of Italian design to mark the 50th anniversary of the Milan Furniture Fair. Greenaway’s Last Supper, originally shown in Milan but reworked for the armory’s soaring Drill Hall, includes a digitally reproduced “clone” of the painting set inside a full-scale replica of the Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, home to da Vinci’s original masterpiece. It’s all part of Greenaway’s impassioned crusade to deepen visual literacy among what he calls “a laptop generation of people who believe there’s no cinema before Quentin Tarantino nor painting before Jackson Pollock.”

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