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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.

2014

Manhattan

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Kant Smith, Ghost House, Flow.14 Art and Music at Randall’s Island
June 2014 to November 2014
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Made Event are pleased to present FLOW annual summer art exhibitions along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. FLOW 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. Each year, FLOW features site specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.

Smith’s Ghost House sits on a bluff overlooking the Wards Meadow Fields at Randall’s Island Park. Constructed entirely of chain link fence, the sculpture will translate the vernacular of the baseball backstop into an ethereal and slightly surreal contemplation of the American home. FLOW.14 also includes Dean Monogenis’ City Pillars, Robert Raphael’s Untitled Folly, andJessica Sanders’ Ground.

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

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Jessica Sanders, Ground, Flow.14 Art and Music at Randall’s Island
June 2014 to November 2014
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Made Event are pleased to present FLOW annual summer art exhibitions along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. FLOW 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. Each year, FLOW features site specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.

To install Ground, Sanders created ten sculpted earth chairs, in a variety of forms, within sight of one another along the coastline of Randall’s Island Park. The chairs are bound by Kentucky Bluegrass, chosen for its suitability to the Island’s ground and climate, as well as for its balance of softness and durability. The installation offers an unmitigated phenomenological experience, the opportunity to interact with a living material in a simultaneously nostalgic and atypical way. FLOW.14 also includes Dean Monogenis’ City Pillars, Robert Raphael’s Untitled Folly, andKant Smith’s Ghost House.

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

Courtesy of Lower Manhattan Culture Council

Chat Traviesio with Yeju Choi, On a Fence
July 12, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Pier 42, Manhattan
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Description:

The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance & Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invited artists and design professionals to participate in a community-driven, site-responsive design process for the temporary activation of Pier 42 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Travieso’s project On a Fence expands on his 2013 Pier 42 project, which transforms the fence surrounding Pier 42 into an interactive structure incorporating seating, play areas, and signage. The project seeks to invert the function and meaning of the fence from a physical barrier to a place where people can come together. This year, On a Fence will be expanded to occupy the entire length of the fence on the Northern side of the park, incorporating new programming that complements the previous installation.

On a Fence acts as a testing ground and incubator for more permanent solutions that can be incorporated into the final design of the Pier 42 Park. Local residents participate in the planning and design process of On a Fence and assist in its construction on site.

For more information on the project please visit Paths to Pier 42.

Courtesy of Lower Manhattan Culture Council

Combo Colab + Stereotank, DrumReef 42
July 12, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Pier 42, Manhattan
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Description:

The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance & Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invited artists and design professionals to participate in a community-driven, site-responsive design process for the temporary activation of Pier 42 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Combo Colab + Stereotank’s project DrumReef 42 re-envisions the topography of Pier 42 and builds a participatory installation that creates awareness about current environmental concerns. Made from multiple re-used plastic barrels, the drum-formation is a structure that can be used to climb, rest, play, and explore new connections to the river and the park.

Combo Colab conceived the installation as a social sculpture that uses existing resources, low-cost materials, and pre-fabricated systems. It can be read as an inhabitable barrier that also acts as an island for play, incorporating interactive elements to engage visitors. Sound-making features by Stereotank promote a participative mood creating awareness about water and marine life. DrumReef 42 is an experiment on subjects that are relevant to the site, the neighborhood, and its condition in proximity to the water.

For more information on the project please visit Paths to Pier 42.

Courtesy of Lower Manhattan Culture Council

Sonia Louise Davis, The People’s Poster Project
July 12, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Pier 42, Manhattan
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Description:

The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance & Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invited artists and design professionals to participate in a community-driven, site-responsive design process for the temporary activation of Pier 42 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Artists and designers were asked to propose ideas for cultural activity including temporary public art, small-scale interventions, programming and event spaces that directly engage the site and community in which the pier is located.

Davis’ project The People’s Poster Project redefines the notion of a time capsule. Instead of burying something in the ground to be excavated thousands of years in the future, the project aims to activate a more reflective space that highlights individual stories of Lower East Side residents within public dialogue about the future of Pier 42.

The project consists of workshops and conversations about what matters most to Lower East Side community members. Working with a range of community groups, from youth to elders, Davis will facilitate large format photographic portraits, inviting neighbors to pose with an object from their personal archive and recount its significance. Throughout the summer they will create and install posters in local community spaces and businesses around the neighborhood, and on Pier 42, culminating in a completed outdoor exhibition in September.

For more information on the project please visit Paths to Pier 42.

Photo courtesy of LMCC

Tattfoo Tan, New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement (NEAKA)
July 12, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Pier 42, Manhattan
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Description:

The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance & Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invited artists and design professionals to participate in a community-driven, site-responsive design process for the temporary activation of Pier 42 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Tan’s project New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement (NEAKA) is a metal key frame catamaran that will be installed on Pier 42 and ceremonially christened with salt in late July. The artist sees the vessel as a spiritual reminder of an uncertain future due to societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy) and a call to action in preparation to face such challenges. NEAKA also serves as a vitrine for NEMRE (New Earth Meal Ready to Eat), a part of Tan’s ongoing social practice project, through which he inspires others to practice the ancient food preservation technique of dehydration, not only to help prepare for future disaster, but to provide nutritious meals in the present, knowing every ingredient and wasting none.

For more information on the project please visit Paths to Pier 42.

Gimhongsok, Bearlike Construction, Photo Courtesy of NYC Parks

Gimhongsok, Bearlike Construction
May 5, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Tribeca Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Humorous and ironic, Gimhongsok’s work challenges the viewer to consider the contradictions and blurred boundaries of fact and fiction, originality and the copy, banality and the spectacular. He often uses everyday materials to engage his audience in a dialogue about preconceived and conventional values found in communities and in art. In Bearlike Construction, the form is immediately recognizable as a teddy bear, but is assembled out of cast bronze garbage bags rather than the conventional soft fur. The piece, which measures over five feet square also wittily echoes the ubiquitous piles of garbage bags found on street corners throughout New York City.

Courtesy of the artist

Rudy Shepherd, Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber
May 22, 2014 to November 15, 2014
First Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber is from a series of sculptures Rudy Shepherd has been working on since 2006, the first having been installed in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY. Shepherd describes the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers as a group of sculptures with magical functions: to expunge negative energy from viewers – in the form of prejudice, racism, or even quotidian disdain – and allow them to respond to life with the more open, compassionate, and positive aspects of their personalities. The series reinterprets practices culled from new age mythology and ancient religions to heal the negative energies in society.

The exhibition is brought to you by First Street Green.

Juanli Carrion, Outer Seed Shadow #01
June 4, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Duarte Square, Manhattan
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Description:

Outer Seed Shadow #01 was conceived by Spanish artist Juanli Carrión in 2012 when after years of living in New York he started to consider permanent residence in the United States. He wanted to revisit the long-established idea of the American “melting pot” and investigate the new realities of immigrant life in 2014, particularly in New York, the most symbolic of immigrant cities. Carrión conducted a series of on-camera interviews with immigrants living throughout Manhattan about their personal experiences of arriving to the city. At the end of the discussion, each interviewee selected a plant that exists both in their country of origin and in the United States, which represents both them and their community in the public garden.

The 1,000 square foot garden is in the shape of Manhattan and features dozens of plants selected by immigrants living in the borough. Placed according to the interviewees’ real-life locations on the island, the plants represent the diversity of the city. The garden will host a series of free public programs beginning June 7 that includes artist-led tours, lectures, hands-on garden workshops and “Open Garden” days. For the complete schedule of programming visit: www.outerseedshadow.org/public-program.

This project is in partnership with the Horticultural Society of New York

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Ewerdt Hilgemann, Moments in a Stream
August 1, 2014 to November 7, 2014
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Hilgemann’s installation, Moments in a Stream, will parade along the avenue in seven locations, from 52nd Street to 67th Street, with large-scale pieces—some in groups of two or more—placed on the grassy medians. The seven sculptures, ranging in size from 8 to 20 feet in height, were created especially for the Park Avenue installation using a unique vacuum process, which “implodes” geometric shapes causing the material to deform according to natural laws.

Hilgemann’s “implosion” process begins by fabricating perfect, geometrically pure stainless steel forms, which are meticulously welded and polished to satin gloss. After the pieces are complete, the artist slowly pulls the air out with a vacuum pump, putting the natural atmospheric pressure to sculptural use and collapsing the forms into their final shape. In a delicate balance of planning and chance each piece acquires individual character demonstrating unexpected and striking possibilities of the material.

Sculpture locations include Cube Flower at 52nd-53rd Street; Threesome (Caryatids) at 54th Street, Triple at 57th Street; Dancers (Tango) at 59th Street; Double at 64th Street; Cube at 65th Street and Habakuk at 67th Street.

This exhibition is presented by The Fund For Park Avenue and Magnan Metz Gallery.

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