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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

Alice Aycock, Cyclone Twist courtesy of NYC Parks

Alice Aycock, Park Avenue Paper Chase
March 8, 2014 to July 20, 2014
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Park Avenue Paper Chase, a series of seven sculptures by artist Alice Aycock, grace the canyons of Manhattan this spring and summer. Six works are on view between 52nd and 57th Streets and a seventh work is at Park Avenue and 66th Street in front of the Park Avenue Armory. Aycock has long been one of very few women exploring the relationship between structure, site, and viewer on an architectural scale, like her peers Richard Serra and Mark di Suvero.

Ranging in size from 12 to 27 feet in height 18 to 70 feet in length, the aluminum and fiberglass works in the new installation forms an arresting presence in the heart of midtown Manhattan. According to Aycock “I tried to visualize the movement of wind energy as it flowed up and down the avenue creating random whirlpools, touching down here and there and sometimes forming dynamic three-dimensional massing of forms. The sculptural assemblages suggest waves, wind turbulence, turbines, and vortexes of energy.”

Many of the new works incorporate images of wheels and turbines and references to energy in the form of spirals, whirlwinds, whirlpools, spinning tops, and whirly-gigs. One of the works references the expressive quality of wind through drapery and the chaotic beauty of flow dynamics. The sculptures can be read from both sides of the avenue and the visual narrative plays to both the uptown and downtown movement of traffic patterns. Aycock continues “As much as the sculptures are obviously placed on the mall, I wanted the work to have a random, haphazard quality – in some cases, piling up on itself, with others spinning off into the air.”

Sculpture locations include Maelstrom at 52nd-53rd Street; Hoop-La at 53rd Street; Twin Vortexes at 54th Street, Spin-The-Spin at 55th Street; Waltzing Matilda at 56th Street; Cyclone Twist at 57th Street and Super Twister III at 66th Street.

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl, Photo Courtesy of Dyckman Farmhouse

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl
June 21, 2014 to July 13, 2014
Dyckman House Museum, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Wander the Dyckman Farmhouse garden and discover the Scribble Art Workshop sculptures tucked away into this neighborhood oasis. Seven sculptures, including those created with public participation, are on view.

The Inwood Sculpture Crawl is sponsored by Scribble Art Workshop and the NYC Parks. Each of the 10 sculptures installed in Inwood Hill Park and Dyckman Farmhouse was designed by a scribble teacher and created by collaborations of artists ranging in age from 18 months to adulthood. Themes highlight the naturalsurroundings of the urbanInwood neighborhood and focuses on the stark contrast of natural and manmade materials.

This exhibition is presented by Scribble Art Workshop and Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl, Photo Courtesy of Scribble Art Workshop

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl
June 21, 2014 to July 13, 2014
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

On view in Inwood Hill, Arch designed by Katelyn Renner is inspired by the Henry Hudson Bridge’s arch, this piece was produced by building small sections of metal into one large mass. Artists manipulated the metal in interesting and abstract ways, using aluminum tape to create relief-like images.

The Inwood Sculpture Crawl is sponsored by Scribble Art Workshop and the NYC Parks. Each of the 10 sculptures installed in Inwood Hill Park and Dyckman Farmhouse was designed by a scribble teacher and created by collaborations of artists ranging in age from 18 months to adulthood. Themes highlight the natural surroundings of the urban Inwood neighborhood and focuses on the stark contrast of natural and manmade materials.

Courtesy of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Chat Traversio, On a Fence
July 20, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Pier 42, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

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.

Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist and architectural designer born in Miami, Florida. Travieso creates interactive installations and urban interventions that engage the public and encourage people to question their assumptions of the everyday built environment.

Chat’s project “On a Fence” transforms the fence surrounding Pier 42 into an interactive structure incorporating seating, play, exercise, and signage (done in collaboration with graphic designer Yeju Choi). The project seeks to invert the function and meaning of the fence from a physical barrier to a place of inclusion. On a Fence is in collaboration with Yeju Choi, (Signage, Graphic Design and Identity)

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

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Robert Raphael, Untitled Folly, Flow.14 Art and Music at Randall’s Island
June 1, 2014 to June 9, 2014
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

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.

Raphael’s work at Randall’s Island Park investigates the category of the ornamental and decorative, and the idea of an architectural “folly” in contrast to functional structures. Specifically, inspired by the Island’s early use for farming by Dutch settlers, Raphael’s folly will be based on the form of a split rail fence, typically used for agriculture, in romantic and nostalgic homage to the Island’s past and to the beginning of its ongoing and complex historical transformations. FLOW.14 also includes Dean Monogenis’ City Pillars, Jessica Sander’s Ground, 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 Friends of the Highline

Faith Ringgold, Groovin High
May 1, 2014 to June 2, 2014
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

For the High Line, Ringgold has reinterpreted a historical work titled Groovin High (1986), a colorful and paradigmatic story quilt, one of the many that inspired a revival of the medium in the late 1970s. Depicting a crowded dance hall bordered by quilted hand-dyed fabrics, Groovin’ High is evocative of Ringgold’s interest and activism in the African American communities of her native Harlem. Her style reflects formal treatments of shape, color, and perspective reminiscent of many painters whose styles defined the Harlem Renaissance, an immensely productive and creative cultural movement of the 1920s that erupted out of the African American community living in the eponymous New York neighborhood.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the Highline.

Benat Iglesias Lopez The Bathers photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Art Students League, Model to Monument (M2M)
June 2013 to May 2014
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America's premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of eight sculptures on view along Riverside Park South from 59th to 72nd Streets. The sculptures were created by an international team of selected League students during a nine-month program led by master sculptor Greg Wyatt. The pieces explore "The Function of the Public Square: Role and Responsibility of the Artist Relative to Riverside Park South." The artists are: Sherwin Banfield, John N. Erianne, Reina Kubota, Beñat Iglesias Lopez, Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz, Anne Stanner, and Morito Yasumitsu.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Herb Alpert, Black Spirit Totems
January 25, 2014 to May 23, 2014
Dante Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Herb Alpert finds inspiration in the diverse cultural associations of totems, especially the ones unique to the tribes in the Pacific Northwest. These ancestral totems have been the essence of family and tribal identity. Alpert’s totems, first modeled in clay and then cast in bronze, read abstractly but also suggest recognizable, organic forms: an eagle form seems to emerge from the top of one, and human shapes surface in others. These sometimes sensuous, abstract structures and the artist’s creative process are fluid like jazz, making intangible compositions physical. Alpert, a leading musician, composer, and music producer makes connections between the fluid nature of his sculpture and his intuitive approach to music.

This exhibition is presented with ACA Galleries

Nathan Sawaya, Hugman, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Nathan Sawaya, Hugmen
April 17, 2014 to May 17, 2014
Clement Clarke Moore Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

In the community spirit of Earth Day, Nathan Sawaya utilized the recycled bricks that guests were asked to individually sign when they visited The Art of the Brick exhibition at Discovery Times Square. Nathan used more than fifty thousand bricks over the course of 100 hours to create three multi-colored human figures that warmly embrace the trees in the park. “I hope these splashes of color made from recycled LEGO bricks inspire people to explore found art and bring awareness to using reclaimed objects in their everyday lives.”

As the artist behind The Art of the Brick®, one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe, Sawaya has had an opportunity to leave his creative mark in each city the exhibition visits. Sawaya has installed his street art Hugman sculptures around the world, such as Singapore, Melbourne, Brussels and most recently, Dublin. For his first NYC Parks installation, he has created three larger-than-life Hugman.

Ana Tzarev, Love, Courtesy of Ana Tzarev Gallery

Ana Tzarev, Love
October 14, 2013 to April 27, 2014
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Love & Peace Global Sculpture Campaign is a series of 15 monumental glossy 15-foot high floral sculptures which are exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces around the globe from 2012-2017. These fiberglass poppies, collectively titled Love, have travelled to numerous cities including Rome, Prague, New York, London, Singapore, Shenzhen, and Venice during the 55th Biennale. The driving force behind Tzarev’s Love & Peace Global Sculpture Campaign is her belief that art is the bridge by which the world can be connected.

This exhibition is presented by  Ana Tzarev Gallery

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