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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.

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Phyllis Sanfiorenzo, Atabey's Land Haven, photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Art Students League,Model to Monument (M2M)
June 12, 2014 to May 15, 2015
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of seven sculptures on view along Riverside Park South from 59th to 69th Streets.

The sculptures were created by an international team of selected League students during a nine-month program. The pieces for this exhibition explore “The Architecture of Nature.”  The artists are: Laura Barmack, Janet Fekete-Bolton, Ana Sofìa Martì, Lindsay McCosh, Phyllis Sanfiorenzo, Natsuki Takauji, and Minako Yoshino.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Benat Iglesias Lopez The Bathers photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Art Students League,Model to Monument (M2M)
June 2013 to May 2014
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America's premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of eight sculptures on view along Riverside Park South from 59th to 72nd Streets. The sculptures were created by an international team of selected League students during a nine-month program led by master sculptor Greg Wyatt. The pieces explore "The Function of the Public Square: Role and Responsibility of the Artist Relative to Riverside Park South." The artists are: Sherwin Banfield, John N. Erianne, Reina Kubota, Beñat Iglesias Lopez, Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz, Anne Stanner, and Morito Yasumitsu.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Roberto Franzone, Red Arches, courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation

Art Students League,2nd Annual Model to Monument (M2M)
June 22, 2012 to May 2013
59th to 72nd Streets
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

In its second consecutive year, The Art Students League of New York’s “Model to Monument” program will return to Riverside South with seven new sculptures designed by its students. These accomplished artists, though quite varied in their chosen themes and media, are addressing the over-arching theme of flux.  This emerged naturally during the course of discussions about what the participating artists find unique and inspirational in the public space of Riverside Park. Included in the exhibition are Sequoya Aono, Roberto Franzone, HakSul Lee, Damien Armondo Vera, Olga Rudenko, Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, and Renata Pugh.

A collaborative installation created by the team is also on concurrently on view in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The sculpture titled, Mask, by M2M’s previous roster, has been altered- revamping the object into a new work they call, BioMask- a more tree like version of last year’s monumental sculpture.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Fabian Marcaccio, The Fall

Various Artists,Studio in the Park
May 2006 to September 2006
West 72nd to West 145th Streets
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
This outdoor exhibition features site specific works by eleven contemporary artists: Orly Genger, Robert Greenberg, Elana Herzog, McKendree Key, Mischa Kuball, Emil Lukas, Fabian Marcaccio, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons, and Steed Taylor. Two works will fill tunnels; one sits on the water, and another on the grates covering the railroad tracks. The project is curated by Karin Bravin of BravinLee Programs and is presented by the Riverside Park Fund in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Justin Bennett and Matthea Harvey,Telettrofono part of stillspotting nyc
Saturdays and Sundays, July 14 - August 5, noon to 7:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 5:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
​EXPERIENCE TELETTROFONO: A STATEN ISLAND WATERFRONT SOUNDWALK

This summer, discover the stories, sounds, and silences of a mythical mermaid on Staten Island with a new site-specific commission by sound artist Justin Bennett and poet Matthea Harvey. In a 90-minute audio walking tour along the waterfront, discover the true story of Antonio Meucci, the  unacknowledged inventor of the first telephone (1871), and the hidden story of Meucci’s wife Esterre, who was rumored to be a mermaid who left the water for land due to her love for sound. These self-guided tours will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and continue through the neighborhoods and parks, including Lt. Lia Memorial Park and the Fort Hill Park.

Telettrofono is the fourth edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the city’s five boroughs.

BIKE TOUR

Visitors wishing to travel by bicycle to stillspotting nyc may take advantage of an additional free self-guided cycling program that highlights issues of silence and noise around the neighborhoods of Randall Manor, New Brighton, St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton, and Rosebank, and directs participants out to places such as the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and the Alice Austen House.

CREATE YOUR OWN STILLSPOT

Where do you find peace and stillness in the city? Plot your own place of quiet and respite on our interactive Google map for stillspotting nyc. Create your own stillspot and discover new ones throughout New York City, and the world at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org/create-your-own .

Learn more about past and future editions at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org

TICKETS
$12, $10 members, FREE children 12 and under. Includes map and iPod in exchange for a photo ID.  Advance registration strongly recommended. Purchase online at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org/visit/staten-island  

This exhibition is presented by the Guggenheim Museum.

Tony Smith, One-Two-Three, Courtesy of the Art Production Fund

Tony Smith,One-Two-Three
March 13, 2013 to April 10, 2013
Bryant Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
​This installation of One-Two-Three, created in 1976, is part of a series of exhibitions commemorating the artist’s centennial.  Consisting of three geometrical modular painted steel black units weighing a total of 2,700 pounds, One-Two-Three asserts a presence that requires viewers to respond to the work in physical terms as well as visual. Smith found his sculptures most appreciated and “accepted” in an environment involving nature, as opposed to the confining walls of an institution or gallery.

This is Tony Smith’s second public art installation in Bryant Park. His 1967 installation in Bryant Park inaugurated the public arts programming in New York City parks. Tony Smith (1912-1980) was born in South Orange, New Jersey. A leading figure of American Minimalism, his work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at prestigious museums including a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1998.

This exhibition is presented by the Art Production Fund and the Bryant Park Corporation.

stillspotting nyc, image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum

Arvo Pärt and Snøhetta,To a Great City, part of stillspotting nyc
September 15 to 18 and September 22 to 25, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
5 locations around Lower Manhattan
Check-in at Battery Park across from 17 Battery Place
The Battery, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum's programming out into the streets of New York City, composer Arvo Pärt and the architects at Snøhetta collaborate on a series of "stillspots" around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound, ten years after the September 11 attacks. For this work, entitled To a Great City, the architects at Snøhetta have selected five spaces that will transport visitors from the hustle and bustle of the streetscape to an elevated and tranquil urban experience. At each location, visitors will experience music and sound installations by Arvo Pärt framed by unexpected spaces along the periphery of Ground Zero that quietly celebrate the city, from an underground chamber at Governors Island, to otherwise inaccessible spaces in landmark skyscrapers.

Tickets: $10, $8 members. Includes map, directions, and wristband, which allows for access to each location. Full self-guided tour takes up to three hours. Advanced registration strongly recommended.

For tickets and more information, visit stillspotting.guggenheim.org.

Create your own stillspot
Where do you find peace and stillness in the city? The Guggenheim invites you to identify and plot your own areas of quiet and respite on an interactive Google map for stillspotting nyc. Create your own stillspot and discover new ones throughout New York City, and the world.

Follow @Guggenheim and the #stillspottingnyc conversation on Twitter.

This exhibition was made possible through generous support by the Guggenheim Museum.

Manolo Valdes' bronze sculptures based on Diego Velazquez' Las Meninas unveiled in Bryant Park; Photo by Clare Weiss

Manolo Valdes',Manolo Valdes at Bryant Park
March 1, 2007 to April 15, 2007
Bryant Park, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Manolo Valdes at Bryant Park is an exhibition of six monumental bronze sculptures arranged among Bryant Park’s beautifully scaled open space and neo-classical architecture.

Four of Valdes' sculptures depict female heads, their calm facial composure and structured equilibrium offset rhythmically by dynamic ornamental headpieces. Two of the four works, all of which measure over 13 feet high, are debuting in Bryant Park. Accompanying these forms are two groups of elegantly imposing figures based on Diego Velazquez' Infanta Margarita and Reina Mariana from the painting Las Meninas. The works are courtesy of Marlborough Gallery working in cooperation with the Parks Department, the Bryant Park Corporation, and Instituto Cervantes, the cultural arm of the Spanish government.

Related Info: Press Release

Chinatsu Ban, V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear / H I J Kiddy Elephant Underwear

Chinatsu Ban,V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear/H I J Kiddy Elephant Underwear
April 2005 to August 29, 2005
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, 5th Avenue at 60th Street
Central Park, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Japanese artist Chinatsu Ban (born 1973) creates acrylic paintings and sketches of elephants and human figures that float on a blank rice-paper background or in front of candy-colored stripes. V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear/H I J Kiddy Elephant Underwear is Ban's first foray into sculpture. For the artist elephants represent peace and safety, dating back to a small elephant figurine she owned as a child.

Cuteness is an obsession for Ban. The Japanese word for cute is "kawaii" and the word has taken on tremendous cultural resonance in recent decades; the Japanese teen magazine Crea noted that kawaii is the most widely used, widely loved, habitual word in modern living Japanese. From Hello Kitty to the pop duo Puffy AmiYumi, Japanese contemporary culture is satured with things kawaii. Anything can be made cute, even, in this case, a pile of elephant poop.

This installation was organized by the Public Art Fund and the Japan Society, as part of an exhibition curated by Takashi Murakami called Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture.

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