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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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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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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 .

Learn more about past and future editions at

$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  

This exhibition is presented by the Guggenheim Museum.

stillspotting nyc, Transhistoria
Sat and Sun, Apr 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 to May 5--6
2-hour tours, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Travers Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Take a storytelling tour in Jackson Heights, Queens. Experience four readings of newly-commissioned works in spaces selected by the architects at SO – IL. Transhistoria is the third edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming into the streets of the city’s five boroughs.
Family Days
Sat, Apr 28 and May 5
A family component will be offered in conjunction with stillspotting nyc featuring a story written expressly for families and performed in Travers Park.

Tickets at
$10, $8 members, FREE children 12 and under
Check-in at 40-40 75 St, Queens, 1 block from 74 St/Roosevelt Ave transit hub
Questions? Contact us at or call (212) 423-3515

Saint Clair Cemin, Vortex Rendering, courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Saint Clair Cemin, Saint Clair Cemin on Broadway
September 5, 2012 to January 25, 2013
W. 57th Street to W. 157th Street
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


Spanning 100 blocks to various locations along Broadway, Cemin’s monumental mirrored stainless steel sculpture, Vortex, will tower 40 feet high, embodying mankind’s desire for transcendence, whisking up into the clouds all that it reflects on its surface. Along with six additional Broadway malls, stretching to W. 157th Street, Cemin will present sculptures in a range of material. These sculptures include: The Four, 1997, a Corten steel sculpture that longs to be at once both geometric and organic; In The Center, 2002, an ominous archetypical creature existing at the core of our minds; Portrait of the Word Why, 2008, a mirrored stainless steel portrait of one of the most mysterious words in the English language; Aphrodite, 2006, a copper depiction of the ancient goddess in primitive form, representing the female figure simply and hieratically; and The Wind, 2002, a large white marble sculpture which appears like putty, kneaded and manipulated by giant hands.

This project is presented by The Broadway Mall Association in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation and the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

Students of 239K with their table Gambling with Time, courtesy of NYC Parks

LeAp, A View from the Lunch Table: Students Bringing Issues to the Table
June 8, 2012 to August 31, 2012

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


Students from ten New York City public middle schools, with two schools representing each borough, have transformed school lunchroom tables into personalized canvases and created colorful works of public art that touch upon critical social issues in their community and across the globe. The tables, which have been installed in ten community parks across the five boroughs, are a way of giving young teens the chance to voice their opinions and reach out to the public in hopes of inspiring social change through their art. This exhibition was created by LeAp’s Public Art Program in cooperation with NYC Parks and marks the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC Parks and the first to span five boroughs. The program included visits with distinguished artists such as Emma Amos, Mark di Suvero, Audrey Flack, Christo, Mel Kendrick, and Sanford Biggers, among many others. For 33 years, LeAp (Learning through an Expanded Art Program) has provided arts–based education to over two million students K-12 throughout New York City.

Artworks can be found through August at: Central Park and Augustus Saint-Gaudens Playground in Manhattan; Kaiser Park and Detective Joseph Mayrose Park in Brooklyn; Crotona Park and Claremont Park in the Bronx; Juniper Valley Park and Forest Park in Queens; and Silver Lake Park and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island.

For more information visit the LEAP website.

Will Pappenheimer, Brooklyn Utopias

Various, Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space
April 5, 2012 to June 24, 2012
Old Stone House
Washington Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space at the Old Stone House is an exhibit and event series that brings together 19 artists and arts groups to consider the history, politics, and planning surrounding public parks and recreation spaces in Brooklyn and beyond. Exhibiting artists tackle issues such as parks’ relationship to eminent domain and gentrification, the process behind public space design, and debates involving the use of public/private space raised by the recent Occupy protests. Projects in all media include abstract “utopian” maps, whimsical visions of imaginary play spaces, a virtual reality park design smartphone app, a text-based public art installation, and photo and video journaling Brooklyn’s lesser-known natural environments. The exhibit corresponds with re-opening of the newly renovated Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground.

Exhibiting Artists: Stephanie Beck, Lynn Cazabon, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Groundswell Community Mural Project, Rebecca Hackemann, Husk, Bettina Johae, Karen Kaapcke, Jess Levey, Cheryl Molnar, Will Pappenheimer, Marina Zamalin

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And be sure to join us for our Park Space, Play Space events!

  • Saturday, April 28, 5 – 8 pm: Circle Rules Federation brings you a new kind of football
  • Saturday, April 28 , 5-7 pm: Collective sky-gazing with Kat Shchneck
  • Saturday, April 28, 5-7:30 pm: Public Voice/Public Dream mural workshop with Triada Samaras and CORD
  • Saturday, May, 19, 12 pm: Eminent Domain Bike Tour with Bettina Johae
  • Saturday, May 19, 5-10 pm: Interactive Games with Gigantic Mechanic
  • Saturday, May 19, 5-7 pm: Augmented Reality Workshop with Will Pappenheimer
  • Saturday, June 16: 5 pm: Pining For You – a collective wedding ceremony celebrating queer culture with artist Tracy Candido
  • Tuesday, June 19: 7 pm: A closing reception and discussion with the Old Stone House, Groundswell Community Mural Project and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Project Director and Curator: Katherine Gressel

Ruth McKerrell, Ancient, 2010, aluminum

Ruth McKerrell, Ancient, Goatie Boy, and Goat as Wolf
June 1, 2011 to May 30, 2012
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


​McKerrell’s three sculptures, originally made of reclaimed Styrofoam, have been cast in aluminum, giving them a timeless presence reminiscent of traditional garden statuary. Two sprightly goats and an alert deer will animate this welcoming space. Attracted to the naiveté and purity of animals, McKerrell has focused on them in her recent drawings and sculptures.  A native of Scotland, she frequented local farms as a child and even owned a pet goat, which inspired Goatie Boy. A regular visitor to the Central Park Children’s Zoo, she creates studies from direct observations, as well as historical paintings, and anatomical reference books.  However, her final works are made entirely from memory, working intuitively as she imbues her playful subjects with plasticity, life, and undeniable charm.  McKerrell is attracted to the “freeness and rawness” of her modeling materials, which permit her to work spontaneously, and comments that they enable her to “create textured surfaces suggestive of an animal’s tactile form.”

McKerrell is the recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. Clare Weiss (1966-2010) was the former Public Art Curator for Parks. During her tenure she curated more than 100 outdoor public art installations throughout the city and organized complex, thought-provoking, and visually compelling thematic exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery. The Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award will be granted annually to one emerging artist. The location will change annually, and will be determined based on the site’s visibility and location within a neighborhood historically underserved by public art.

This exhibition was made possible through generous support by the Claire Weiss Emerging Artist Award and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

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Thomas Houseago, Lying Figure
May 18, 2012 to March 14, 2013
At Little West 12th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Known for using materials like wood, clay, plaster, steel, and bronze, Houseago creates monumental sculptures that reveal the process of their making through unique details – the varying texture of a molding, the hidden creases within a cast – despite their imposing size and towering forms. His sculptures also incorporate drawing in the form of sketches on plaster and wood panels. Houseago’s work explores abstract lines and figurative forms, and in doing so he joins a long tradition of sculptors that spans from Giacometti to Picasso, engaging viewers with qualities that are at once impressive and enchanting.

For the High Line, Houseago presents Lying Figure, a 15-foot-long bronze sculpture of a headless giant resting on its elbows on the wooden rail ties between the High Line’s original rail tracks. As the third project in the HIGH LINE COMMISSIONS series for spring, 2012, Houseago’s Lying Figure will juxtapose Lilliput, the group exhibition that debuted on Thursday, April 19. Lilliput takes its title from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and conjures a magical world populated by fairy tale creatures, mysterious idols, and dreamlike landscapes. Houseago’s Lying Figure will introduce the presence of a giant – the park’s own Gulliver – into Lilliput’s diminutive sculptures installed along the park’s pathway and amidst the plants.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

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