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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.

2007

Manhattan

Barry Flanagan, Left-Handed Drummer

Barry Flanagan, Left-Handed Drummer
February 2007 to June 2007
Southeast traffic island, Manhattan

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

Description:

Flanagan, an internationally renowned British sculptor, is best known for his expressive bronze hares modeled in varying poses of dynamic energy. The series of hares, which he began in 1980, are often engaged in human activities such as playing musical instruments or sports, dancing, and interacting with technology. They are often rendered in a monumental scale, as is the Large Left-Handed Drummer, with its long wiry limbs and ears that capture a playful and jubilant spirit.

Related Info: Press Release

Sounds are projected into the park from rooftops
(Courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy)

Bill Fontana, Panoramic Echoes
March 21, 2007 to May 1, 2007
Madison Square Park, Manhattan

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

Description:

Panoramic Echoes is a sound sculpture that is projected into the north end of the park from speakers located on rooftops of historic buildings around the park. Layers of environmental sounds move, float, and echo above the park's predominant sonic background of traffic noise. The sculpture interacts with the live sounds of the now-silenced chimes of the Metropolitan Life Tower facing the park, once the tallest building in the world. The bells at the top of the tower, which have been silent for more than five years, tolled the hours for park visitors for over eighty years and will ring again as part of this sound sculpture.

Bill Fontana has been an innovator in sound art for more than 30 years. Last summer, Bill’s sound sculpture Harmonic Bridge in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern transformed live sounds of the Millennium Bridge into evocative art piece. Speeds of Time in 2004, also in London, was based on Big Ben’s bells. The MetLife Tower bells play the same melody as Big Ben, the Westminster Chimes, from a melody from Handel’s Messiah.

This project is presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

2001, by Liz Larner

Liz Larner, 2001
October 29, 2006 to May 1, 2007
Doris Freedman Plaza at East 60th Street
Central Park, Manhattan

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

Description:

Liz Larner is best known for her engaging investigations into the physicality of objects in space. 2001 is Larner’s virtuoso reinterpretation of the two quintessential geometric forms of modernist sculpture – the sphere and the cube. Twelve feet high, deep and wide, and painted in green and purple iridescent urethane, 2001 is an enigmatic shape-shifter: its contour and color change with the viewer’s angle and the overall light conditions so that it seems to be both at rest and undergoing metamorphosis.

Larner lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from California Institute of Arts (1985). Her work has been featured in the Whitney Biennial (2006), Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2006).

Organized by the Public Art Fund.

courtesy Hester Street Collaborative

Hester Street Collaborative, Avenue of the Immigrants
June 2006 to April 2007
Allan Street Malls between Hester & Grand Streets, Manhattan

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

Description:
This project, in honor of the co-naming of Allen Street to "The Avenue of the Immigrants", celebrates a broad range of immigrants, artists, activists, and even buildings that have contributed to the rich cultural history and diversity of these communities. This site-specific installation is the culmination of a two-year intergenerational collaboration between local residents, cultural organizations, and public school students at M.S. 131 participating in Hester Street Collaborative's Ground Up program. This project is designed to strengthen the community led effort to reclaim the Allen and Pike Street corridors.

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

Seth Weiner, the Fortunate Islands

Seth Weiner, The Fortunate Islands
January 2007 to February 2007
Thomas Paine Park, Manhattan

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

Description:

This installation features a prefabricated security booth, but the booth does not function as a security node or personnel shelter. Rather, it contains a tree with small video surveillance monitors mounted to its branches, perched on the limbs in such a way as to be reminiscent of birds in their natural habitat.

Canaries originated from The Canary Islands, which were once referred to as "The Fortunate Islands." For centuries, The Fortunate Islands were thought to reside at the edge of the world. This, suggests the artist, is not entirely dissimilar from the way in which many Manhattan residents regard the lower tip of their island; a neighborhood at the edge of their world, which also happens to be the world's financial center. Simultaneously earnest and ironic, the title provides an entry point to the project's multi-layered metaphors.

Grey Line

Ursula von Rydingsvard with Czara Belkami.
Photography by Zonder Titel.

Ursula von Rydingsvard & Czara Belkami, Mad. Sq Art: Ursula von Rydingsvard
May 2006 to February 28, 2007
Madison Square Park, Manhattan

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

Description:
Four major sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard will be on view, including the artist's first translucent outdoor work. The centerpiece is Damski Czepek, a new sculpture for the Park's luxuriant Oval Lawn. In the tradition of the artist, Damski Czepek begins with a quotidian household object remembered from childhood—here, a bonnet, which the sculptor transforms into an evocative abstract form. Mad. Sq. Art: Ursula von Rydingsvard is a production of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Marcia Raff, Feynman's Fancy

Marcia Raff, Feynman's Fancy
August 2006 to January 2007
Broadway between 72nd-73rd Streets
Verdi Square, Manhattan

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

Description:
These stainless steel sculptures are based on the physicist Richard P. Feynman's diagrams of the interactions of electrically charged particles. Marcia Raff, the artist, has participated in public art projects in multiple locations in the United States and Israel. She is a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, International Sculptors Society, USA, and the National Arts Club, New York City.

Queens

Changamire Semakokiro, Mama I wanna do the damn thang B fresh to def N let my balls hang, 2007
Photo by Chris Baker, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Various Artists, 2007 Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition
September 9, 2007 to March 2, 2008
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

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

Description:

Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition includes the following artists for 2007: Tim Clifford, Linda Ganjian, Vandana Jain, Ken Landauer, Caroline Mak, Greg Martin, Ohad Meromi, Rachel Owens, Ricky Sears, Shane Aslan Selzer, Changamire Semakokiro, and Brian Wondergem.

EAF artists are selected through an open call for proposals and are awarded a grant and a residency in the Park’s outdoor studio. Fellowship artists are also provided with technical support and access to tools, materials, and equipment to facilitate the production of large-scale public sculptures for exhibition in the Park.

The fellows develop their projects throughout the summer in the open studio and on site in the landscape, offering visitors the opportunity to experience both the creation and presentation of their works. Representing a broad range of materials, working methods, and subject matter, the diverse sculptural works in this exhibition are presented against the Park’s spectacular waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline.

For more information, please visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

It's My Park segment about Socrates Sculpture Park.

Modified Social Bench I

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench I
September 9 to November 27, 2007
Court Square Park, Queens

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

Description:

SculptureCenter in Long Island City presents Jeppe Hein’s Modified Social Bench I in conjunction with an installation of the artist’s work there through November 25, 2007, including four more of Hein’s benches. The benches stem from the artist’s consideration of social space and the way in which the physical environment shapes one's behavior. These sculptures, Hein's most recent exploration of the form and context of the park bench, present impossible seating structures. One is a circular bench, another has a seat that appears to have melted and dropped to ground level, another has legs that arch so that the seat is actually upside down and the back of the bench is touching the ground. While playful, these works invite us to consider an altered perspective on landscape and public space.

Jeppe Hein was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited at the 50th Biennale di Venezia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Barbican Art Center, London; and the FRAC Center, Orlando.

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