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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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Mary Miss, SUNSWICK CREEK: Reflecting Forward, photograph courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Mary Miss, SUNSWICK CREEK: Reflecting Forward
May 13, 2012 to August 5, 2012
Sixteen Oaks Grove, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Part of Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City at Socrates Sculpture Park, this project looks at the former Sunswick Creek as an armature to explore and learn about Ravenswood’s history and its influence in New York City.

The intention of this project is to engage citizens in the development of their community by revealing the histories that have helped to shape present-day Ravenswood, Long Island City, and Astoria. Sunswick Creek was a substantial lifeline for the surrounding area that aided in social and agricultural growth. Through this past, historic connections can help to provide insight into growth in the area and suggest how a natural ecology changes with local development.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi 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.

Description:
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 stillspotting.guggenheim.org
$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 stillspotting@guggenheim.org or call (212) 423-3515

Patrick McDonough, Awning Studies: SOCRATES, 2011,
Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Patrick McDonough, Awning Studies: SOCRATES, 2011
September 10, 2011 to March 4, 2012
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​Awning Studies: SOCRATES, 2011 by Washington DC-based artist Patrick McDonough, is the culmination of a three-month Public Art Residency (PAR) Program, established in partnership with the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

A collaboration between Socrates and the WPA was initiated in 2010, to introduce artists from the District of Columbia area to the practical and conceptual issues related to the creation of public art. McDonough is the second recipient of this award. The PAR Program is an extension of the Park's ongoing OPEN SPACE series, a forum for single artists and collaborative projects.

Awning Studies: SOCRATES, 2011 continues McDonough's exploration of the awning as a key architectural adornment that is central to the domestic vernacular of the northeastern United States. His project takes the form of a series of fabricated awnings without buildings: some installed in tress, some arching over the water and others rising on a combination of steel and clear acrylic supports.

This is an exhibition by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park, EAF 2011, Courtesy of Parks Art & Recreation

EAF 11, 2011 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition
September 10, 2011 to March 4, 2012
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The EAF11 exhibition launches a year-long celebration of the Park's 25th Anniversary. After a five-year expansion of two additional artists per year, the EAF11 exhibition also marks the first annual initiative to support twenty artists. The 2011 fellows are: Cecile Chong, Joy Curtis, Nadja Frank, Ben Godward, Darren Goins, Ethan Greenbaum, Jesse A. Greenberg, Rachel Higgins, Roxanne Jackson, Hong Seon Jang, Jason Clay Lewis, Saul Melman, Jo Nigoghossian, Nick Paparone, Don Porcella, Jessica Segall, Walter Benjamin Smith, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Nicolas Touron, and Nichole van Beek.

Fellowship artists are awarded a grant and a residency in the Park's outdoor studio and are also provided with technical support and access to tools, materials, and equipment to facilitate the production of new sculptures for exhibition in the Park. The artists develop their projects throughout the summer in the open studio and on site in the landscape, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the creation of the works that are then installed in the Park. Representing a broad range of materials, working methods and subject matter, the diverse sculptural works in this exhibition are presented against the spectacular waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline.

This is an exhibition by Socrates Sculpture Park.

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.

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