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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.

2012

Manhattan

NYC Parks

Various, Flow.12 Art and Music at Randall's Island
June 2, 2012 to September, 2012
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan

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

Description:

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (formerly the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event are pleased to present FLOW, a two-part environmental art exhibition on view during the summers of 2011 and 2012 along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park. The project is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. FLOW features ten site specific art projects, five each summer, by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.

FLOW.11 was a great success, fostering a coalition of environmental, musical and artistic partners. Summer park visitors and concertgoers visited the artworks alongside the river, looking out across the city’s skyline. FLOW.12 – this year's exhibition – will be open to the public from June-September, and will feature five new site-specific installations, all reflecting and encouraging interaction with the Park’s history and environment. FLOW.12  includes Gabriela Bertiller’s Glamorous Picnic, Nathan Gwynne’s Famous Faces of Randall’s Island, Michael Clyde Johnson’s Untitled (Two Viewing Rooms, Offset), Laura Kaufman’s Meters to the Center, and Sean Wrenn’s Awakening Asylum.

FLOW has been made possible through a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund (CIF) and through support from Made Event, proud producers of The Electric Zoo Festival, NYC’s largest electronic dance music festival, held annually at Randall’s Island Park.

The FLOW exhibitions express the confluence of art, music and environment at Randall’s Island Park, in the midst of one of the world’s greatest cities.

This exhibition is presented by Randall’s Island Parks Alliance, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

Carole Feuerman, Survival of Serena (rendering), courtesy of artist

Carole Feuerman, Survival of Serena
May 20, 2012 to September 23, 2012
Petrosino Square, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Petrosino Park offers respite from the heavily trafficked streets and sidewalks of New York City and Feuerman works to achieve a similar effect in her sculpture by capturing peaceful moments that are universally appealing. This tranquil swimmer resting in a dripping inner tube offers the public the opportunity to pause, even just for a moment, engaged and inspired by what stands before them. Survival of Serena seems like a moment frozen in time and exceeds the bounds of mere mimicry to become a larger than life symbol that invites us to consider our physicality and our own stories and commonalities.

Originally debuted in painted resin at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Survival of Serena was named in honor of Venice’s former name La Serenissima, which literally means 'the most/very serene’, a theme which transverses much of Feuerman's body of work. The sculpture went on to win first prize in the Beijing Biennale the following year. The artist has Petrosino Square to unveil her new bronze Survival of Serena for the first time given its proximity to many cultural institutions and diverse neighborhoods. 

John Cage. One11 and 103, 1992. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

John Cage, One 11 and 103
August 2, 2012 to September 13, 2012
Daily, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the High Line at the West 14th Street Passage, Manhattan
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) celebrate the John Cage Centennial with a special outdoor presentation of Cage's film and sound composition One11 and 103 (1992) at the High Line. One11 and 103 is part of Cage's Number Pieces, a series of works completed during the last six years of his life (1987?92). The 94-minute film will be in a continuous loop from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily. This screening marks the launch of the new series HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, which will present a program of films, videos, and sound installations in the 14th Street Passage.

One11 and 103 is made up of the film One11, the eleventh work in the Number Pieces series, and the sound composition 103. In this combined piece, abstractions of light travel across and into space created by Cage. Shot entirely in black and white, a camera pans across the blank wall of a Munich television studio, illuminated by soft cloud-like patches of light which drift across the view of the camera. To describe One11 Cage wrote, “One11 is a film without subject. There is light but no persons, no things, no ideas about repetition and variation. It is meaningless activity which is nonetheless communicative, like light itself, escaping our attention as communication because it has no content to restrict its transforming and informing power.”

Of the sound composition 103, Cage wrote, “10 is an orchestral work. It is divided into seventeen parts. The lengths of the seventeen parts are the same for all the strings and the percussion. The woodwinds and the brass follow another plan. Following chance operations, the number of wind instruments changes for each of the seventeen parts." On the High Line, Cage's arrangement in light, darkness, and probability will illuminate the High Line’s passageway at West 14th Street and initiate a series of chance encounters with visitors to the park.

One11 and 103 is presented  by the Friends of the High Line, Electronic Arts Intermix, in coordination with the John Cage Trust.

Charles Long, Pet Sounds (rendering), courtesy of the artist.

Charles Long, Pet Sounds
May 2, 2012 to September 9, 2012
Madison Square Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Pet Sounds is an interactive, large-scale, mixed-media installation by acclaimed California-based artist Charles Long. Sited on Madison Square Park’s expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds introduces a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each railing begins to grow into a unique fantastic form. While the shape of each blob suggests a different set of associations, their uncanny semblances remain wonderfully elusive. As viewers smooth their hands over the undulating biomorphic surfaces, the act of touching produces a variety of sounds and vibrations coming from within the sculptural forms.

The exhibition is presented by Mad. Sq. Art.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Walking Figures, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Walking Figures
April 17, 2012 to September 7, 2012
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Abakanowicz is recognized as one of the most potent and unique voices in contemporary art with a distinct sculptural vocabulary that expresses a philosophical quest. The sculptures exhibited at Dag Dag Hammarskjold Plaza are titled Walking Figures, 2009. This group of ten headless, armless bronze figures, each approximately 8 1/2 feet tall, stands facing in one direction, with one foot forward, giving the impression of an advancing and forbidding army. The figures are all unique, as the intricately rippled surfaces differ on each, imparting individuality. Viewed from behind, the skin-like texture gives way to a smooth, concave surface, reminiscent of an empty husk. Dag Hammarskjold’s notable quote, “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road” seems a perfect conceptual foundation for the Walking Figures which are at once beautiful and unsettling, a reminder of the fragile nature of the human condition.

This is exhibition is presented by Marlborough Gallery.

Elad Lassry, Women (065, 055), 2012. Courtesy Friends of the High Line.

Elad Lassry, Women (065, 055)
August 1, 2012 to September 7, 2012
Billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry presents a new commission for the 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line.

Over the course of his career, Elad Lassry has investigated the history and power of images through different mediums, such as photography, film, sculpture, and performance. His small-scale photographs, usually presented in frames that take their color from the main hue of the photograph, are still lifes of mundane objects or portraits depicting individuals and animals from vintage magazines, film archives, or original images shot at Lassry’s studio. Lassry’s photographs are highly staged, intense in their vivid colors, and, at times, puzzling in their visual openness. Removed from their visual context, they question the tradition of photography while investigating – at times ironically – the power of the image and our contemporary engagement with them.

Invited by High Line Art to present on HIGH LINE BILLBOARD, Lassry has created an alluring new image of two young women, both dressed alike, gazing out of two small portholes into a sea of green. Detached from any visual history or context, the image is both mesmerizing and elusive, familiar and remote. It allows the viewers to create their own conceptual space and visual context for the image.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line and The Kitchen

Peter Bulow, Passing Glances, Ft. Tryon Park, Photograph Courtesy of the Artist

Peter Bulow, Passing Glances
March 5, 2012 to August 31, 2012
Stan Michels Promenade
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Sculptor Peter Bulow is displaying a dozen of his subway portraits to Fort Tryon Park’s open-air gallery in upper Manhattan. Hand-picked from the close to 400 miniature clay sculptures Bulow has created on the New York City subway system over the past four years, these 12 life-sized heads were fired in terra cotta exclusively for the exhibition.

In a sense, Bulow’s subway portraits began developing decades ago, “I grew up in Berlin and every weekend my grandmother took me to the zoo where I’d model the lions and tigers in clay. By doing this, I felt like they became part of me.” Bulow’s family immigrated to the United States when he was eight. Bulow muses, “As an adult, I was drawn to psychiatry, perhaps by the desire to know people from the inside out, to learn who they really are. A few years ago, I began to make sculptures of fellow passengers on the subway--I wanted to capture all of those passing faces. That old feeling from my childhood, of being able to connect to a living energy through clay, came back to me.”

Bulow views his subway portraits as a cross-section of America, that strange and wonderful land his parents took him to and he became part of. He explains, “I see my subway sculptures as Roman portraits of the 21st century, a time capsule capturing the personalities of our time. Most were created on the A line, between 59th Street and 168th Street. Sometimes I have an entire train ride to do a portrait, and sometimes my model gets off at the next stop.”

Peter Woytuk, Bulls, Aluminum, 2011, courtesy of Morrison Gallery

Peter Woytuk, Peter Woytuk on Broadway
October 21, 2011 to July 27, 2012
Columbus Circle to Mitchel Square
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Peter Woytuk on Broadway brings to the Broadway Malls the vigorous yet endearing sculptures that Woytuk is known for worldwide. This is the artist’s first outdoor exhibition in New York City. The exhibition begins in Columbus Circle at 59th Street, the start of the Broadway Malls, with the monumental, life size Elephant Pair. A bronze Woytuk menagerie of sheep, ostriches, crows, hens and other fanciful sculptures continues at intervals along the Malls, concluding at Mitchel Square at 168th Street with two 2,500-pound seated Bulls.

Peter Woytuk (American, b. 1958) is recognized internationally for his sculptures of animals. Woytuk cleverly reduces their shapes to essential forms, allowing the power and elegance of his subjects to become both graceful and whimsical expressions of mass. Using a style that is at once descriptive and expressive, Woytuk also enjoys altering the scale of everyday objects such as tools or fruit, which in his hands are transformed into animated participants in the composition.

Sculptures can be found along Broadway at: 72nd Street, Verdi Square; 73rd Street, Verdi Square; 75th Street; 79th Street; 86th Street; 96th Street; 103rd Street; 107th Street; 114th Street; 117th Street; 137th Street, Montefiore Park; 139th Street; 157th Street; and 168th Street, Mitchel Square.

The ambitious exhibition is a collaboration by the Broadway Mall Association, the New York City
Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Morrison Gallery of Kent, CT.

Courtesy of NYC Parks.

Paola Pivi, How I Roll
June 20, 2012 to July 18, 2012
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

According to a famous anecdote, three pioneers of modern art­–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.

Rafael Barrios, Rendering of Acrobática at 53rd Street, courtesy of the artist.

Rafael Barrios, Rafael Barrios on Park Avenue
March 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012
51st Street - 67th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Venezuelan artist Rafael Barrios will exhibit nine monumental sculptures on Park Avenue. Many of these pieces will be exhibited for the first time, created from experimental works that Barrios has kept reserved.

The pieces range in form, shape, color and dimension and are all representational of  Barrios’ forty-plus years of creating art that alters our perception and state of mind. Barrios experiments with volume and mass in his sculptures—at a distance they appear to have significant volume, but as you approach the pieces, they reveal their slimness.   As Barrios states, the sculptures are about “dislocating our perception in such a way that our mind’s eye will insist that you are seeing something that you are not.”

This exhibition was made possible by Art Nouveau Gallery. Exhibitions on Park Avenue are presented under the auspices of New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and The Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee.

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