tears become... streams become... at Park Avenue Armory. Photo by James Ewing.
tears become... streams become... at Park Avenue Armory. Photo by James Ewing.

This week, the Park Avenue Armory unveiled its latest site-specific stunt: tears become…stream become…, an immersive show by artist Douglas Gordon and pianist Helene Grimaud. Hauntingly beautiful, the collaborative piece takes the form of a series of solo concerts performed by Grimaud from within Gordon’s immersive installation: an industrial sized pool, which almost swallows the entirety of the massive drill hall. Gordon’s pool reflects the vaulted ceiling of the Armory and acts as a monumental canvas for the reverberations of Grimaud’s music. The piano notes ripple across the dark surface like a dreamy echo. “With my music, I try to stop time or alter it even if it is only for a fraction of a second,” says Grimaud, who will give 10 performances in the month of December. “Gordon’s space enhances this immersive quality.”