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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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Cinthia Marcelle, Selected Works
September 14, 2012 to October 13, 2012
High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Brazil-based artist Cinthia Marcelle uses video and photography to document her interventions with the order of things found in everyday life. For HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, Marcelle will present a selection of films that challenge our notions of conventional behavior by introducing humorous coincidences and connections.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Rachel Owens, Inveterate Composition for Clare, repurposed replica humvees (steel and fiberglass), humpback whale songs, lights, Image courtesy of Parks Art & Antiquities.

Rachel Owens, Inveterate Composition for Clare
November 13, 2011 to June 15, 2012
1st Avenue and 47th Street
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Placed in Manhattan’s Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, the historic “Gateway to the UN” and designated protest site, this piece is composed of dissembled parts from two replica "kit" military Hummer shells, recomposed and welded together in a monumental pyramid-shaped stack. Sprayed with metallic icy-white paint, the piece also evokes the form of an iceberg. Additional parts welded between the two create a more cohesive form and refer to extra armaments that American soldiers have recently added to their own Hummers and equipment.

The moody songs of whales will emanate from the speakers – the haunting sounds act as a universal cry. In accordance with this soundtrack, the headlights of the cars will be set to dim and brighten.

With its rearranged parts, Inveterate Composition also places itself in recent art history dialogue. The crashed car has become an iconic form of the violence and excesses of contemporary culture as seen in work from John Chamberlain's car part sculptures and Andy Warhol’s infamous Death and Disaster series, to Charles Ray’s Untitled sculpture and Jeremy Deller’s Conversations about Iraq. Summoning references from the political strife and conflict overseas to our planet’s general discord, Rachel Owens’s latest sculpture continues this discourse, while adding focus on environmental distress to the pile of ruins. However, her abstract, melodious form also has a hulking beauty and calming presence that speaks to an undertone of optimism and the potential for change and renewal.

This work was originally developed with the enthusiastic support of the late Clare Weiss, curator for the New York City Parks Department, who passed away in January 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer. This piece is dedicated to her.

This project was completed with ZieherSmith Gallery.

Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), image courtesy of the artist

Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)
June 8, 2011 to June 2012
On the High Line between West 20th and West 21st Streets
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​Artist Sarah Sze is world-renowned for her intricate installations that shape space with hundreds or thousands of interconnected sculptural elements.

For the High Line, Sze will create an elaborate metropolis of perspectival architectural models that will be bisected by the High Line path itself. The sculpture forms an open archway that visually frames the views to the north and south, as well as allows park visitors to physically enter and pass through the space it outlines. The architecture, complex and dynamic, will act as a bird, butterfly and insect observatory, with perches, feeding spots and birdbaths throughout.

Emerging from the shooting perspective lines of the landscape of the High Line, the sculpture will extend through space like a perspective drawing in three dimensions. The structure will climb, spin and accelerate emphasizing the open trajectory of the High Line and modeling systems of development and growth. The artwork is simultaneously an observatory, an experiment, and a metropolis, evoking urban construction, scientific models, and attempts to capture nature in situ.

This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line.

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