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2016 Arsenal Gallery Exhibits

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The Arsenal Gallery is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, Third Floor of the Arsenal Building. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Closed municipal holidays.) Admission is free. For further information please call (212) 360-8163.

Current Exhibit

January 21 – February 26, 2016

America: The Legacy of African American Public Service

The year 1619 marked the beginning of the slave trade in the Thirteen Colonies, but the first African American elected to office in the United States of America has been documented as early as 1768. Despite slavery, prejudice and Jim Crow laws, America has seen numerous influential African American leaders who shaped the social, legal and justice systems to provide equal rights to a disenfranchised population.

Artists in this exhibition offer broad interpretations on the theme of African Americans in public service. They focus on examples of noted government officials like President Barack Obama, as well as wider characterizations that includes members of the public who work for the greater good of the people.

This exhibition is presented by NYC Parks Ebony Society.

Nora Mae Carmichael, Hellfighters

Michael Cummings, Young Obama

Past Exhibit

December 4, 2015 – January 7, 2016

Wreath Interpretations

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election. This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

Ghosts of Wreaths Past

Edward Gormley, Reset, Surge protectors, image courtesy of the artist

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