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Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.
Paola Pivi, How I Roll
June 20, 2012 to July 18, 2012
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.
According to a famous anecdote, three pioneers of modern artÂÂ–Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, and Fernand Léger–are said to have visited the 1912 Paris Air Show. Observing a propeller, Brancusi said, "Now that is what I call sculpture!" A hundred years later, Paola Pivi’s How I Roll suggests that the modernist romance with industrial design lives on. Pivi’s sculpture incorporates an entire six-seat plane that has been specially modified, enabling it to rotate through 360 degrees while held aloft on its wing tips. The artist’s transformation allows this 1977 Piper Seneca to be seen in an entirely new way. Airborne but flightless, its steady circular movement is mesmerizing. The shift of context from airport hangar to New York City plaza is equally dramatic. It creates the striking and surreal experience of a familiar object seen in an unexpected place doing a very unfamiliar thing. Like a child’s dream come to life, How I Roll is typical of the artist’s bold and playful imagination. This exhibition is presented by the Public Art Fund.