Art in the Parks

Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks bringsto the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse ourlist of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or readmore about the Art in the Parks Program.

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Photo credit: Image courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2022
June 4, 2022 to September 20, 2022
Various Locations

Description:

Photoville NYC 2022 marks the 11th year of the annual festival and its third year bringing photography to all five boroughs in New York City. The festival celebrates and showcases photographers and organizations from New York and around the world and vitally broadens the possibilities of art experienced beyond museum and gallery spaces. At Photoville NYC 2022, the beauty and specificity of New York’s myriad outdoor settings become backdrops for arresting visions of multitudinous and diverging realities.

Locations: Exhibitions in parks can be found in Barretto Point Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Anchorage Plaza and Prospect Park in Brooklyn; Bella Abzug Park, Coleman Skate Park Park, and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan; Astoria Park and Travers Park in Queens; and Alice Austen House and South Beach Promenade in Staten Island. 

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Center for Educational Innovation, CEI Arts Education BENCHMARKS: Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change
June 3, 2022 to September 15, 2022
Various Locations

Description:

BENCHMARKS is a comprehensive student arts residency program that inspires young people to tackle major social issues and become engaged citizens. Students create large-scale, meaningful artwork on benches for public display, to effect social change. Issues such as racism, gender inequality, drug abuse, homelessness, and religious intolerance are addressed through research and facilitated discussion. The project culminates in a visit to a guest artist’s studio and in the creation and public display of issue-based works of art on benches in parks citywide. This program serves up to 1,250 New York City public school students in grades 5-9 in 35 schools in disadvantaged communities citywide.

The benches can be found in Rev. T. Wendell Foster Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn, Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. 

This exhibition is presented by the Center for Educational Innovation’s Arts Education Program.

Bronx

Photo credit: Courtesy of Nike

D'ana Nunez, Belonging
June 11, 2022 to June 10, 2023
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:

In honor of the Boricua community, “Belonging” is a visual ode to the majestic and resilient community. Its convergent waves serve as a metaphor for the universal pride that all Puerto Ricans carry within and the soulful commitment to their advancement-whether on the island or in New York City. Standing together forever, united as one, familia.

This artwork is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Creative Courts initiative, which works with partner organizations to transform dated sports courts and asphalt plazas into vibrant and welcoming places with original murals that re-engage communities with their local parks.

This exhibition is presented by Nike.

Photo credit: Photo by Mo Steve, Courtesy of Project Backboard

Hoops in the Sun and Project Backboard, Sunrise at Everest
May 25, 2022 to May 24, 2023
Orchard Beach
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:

The ultimate challenge is climbing the highest mountain, testing yourself to reach your greatest accomplishment. Once you conquer it, you achieve all the glory.

This exhibition is presented by Hoops in the Sun and Project Backboard.

Image courtesy of Bronx River Alliance

Stephanie Vidal & Fernando Leon, Feeding Your Soul and Finding Your Zen
October 17, 2021 to October 16, 2022
Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
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Description:

This mural is inspired by Concrete Plant Park and the wealth of activities and opportunities it gives the community to connect with nature. The imagery walks you through the park trail, navigating through the food forest, neighboring plants, and the Bronx River.

This exhibition is presented by the Bronx River Alliance and Bronx Health REACH.

Please note: Concrete Plant Park will be closed from November 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022 due to nearby construction. The mural will not be viewable during this time. For more information about this closure, please visit our Concrete Plant Park page

Brooklyn

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Fred Wilson, Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds
June 28, 2022 to June 27, 2023
Columbus Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The use of ornamental gates and fences serves as a metaphor for security and gated communities, insecurity, the incarceration of Black men, the detainment of illegal immigrants, policing, and William Blake’s concept of “Mind Forg’d Manacles” — self-created barriers to personal and societal growth and freedom, built by fear, division and perceptions of difference. These gates, whether they are to keep others out or keep someone in, act as reflections on the separation of people, both physically and psychologically. Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, while not strictly site-specific, creates, connects and amplifies a conversation about the sculpture and the monuments and buildings around it that currently reside in Columbus Park. The viewer is encouraged to be “site conscious” when looking at the work and its location, exploring issues of justice, freedom, slavery and mass incarceration.

This exhibition is presented by More Art and is made possible by a grant from the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, led by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Dumbo Improvement District as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Image caption: The Underground Sound Project; Recording in Soil Under Wild Grasses, Nikki Lindt, 2022, Video Still

Nikki Lindt, The Underground Sound Project
May 14, 2022 to May 13, 2023
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Underground Sound Project is a soundwalk and interactive public art installation based on a series of underground acoustic recordings made by artist Nikki Lindt. Along a wooded trail, starting at a trailhead by Dog Beach, visitors will encounter features, such as a stream, a maple tree, the forest floor, wildflowers, and many more. Via a sign with a QR code at designated locations along the walk, visitors will be able to experience the corresponding subsurface sounds in a series of one minute videos accessed on The Underground Sound Project’s interactive website.

This exhibition is presented by the Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program, organized by the USDA Forest Service and The Nature of Cities, and presented in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.

Photo courtesy of NeighborhoodStat Team

Joel Artista + Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team, Unity - Golden Days, 2021
January 21, 2022 to January 22, 2023
Dr. Green Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

Co-created by Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) and the residents of the Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team, this mural visualizes the bonds that contribute to Brownsville’s social fabric and celebrates the rich culture of this neighborhood. The Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team framed this composition within the “best of times” to visually communicate unity in the face of violence.

Image credit: Courtesy of Arthur Hunking

Bryce Peterson, Hanging Gardens
August 28, 2021 to August 20, 2022
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn project proposes a public art installation and community gathering space, envisioned as the synthesis of an interactive sculptural pavilion and a hanging botanical garden.

The pavilion supports a hanging garden which grows in spiraling channels mounted on the trellised roof. The garden will feature a mixed palette of vining flowers and vegetables and will employ an automated drip irrigation system.

This exhibition is presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, City Artist Corps, and SITU

Image credit: Courtesy of Community Heroes

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
August 10, 2021 to August 9, 2022
St. Andrew's Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:
Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant and celebrate those who empower and nourish these neighborhoods. Individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of nominations collected during a community outreach process. Community Heroes seeks to tell the stories of the neighborhoods’ unsung heroes through the collaboration of newer residents and long-time residents, often people of color whose families have lived in the community for generations. Community Heroes continues to collect nominations for heroes and seeks photographers to take their portraits.

Manhattan

Photo credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Donna Ferrato, Wall of Silence
June 25, 2022 to November 20, 2023
Collect Pond Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Wall of Silence was conceived of by photographer Donna Ferrato as a platform for provocation and education—a place to confront the realities of gender-based violence and to stand up for those who’ve been criminalized for defending themselves against their abusers. Surrounded by New York City’s highest courts, it asks to be seen and for you to see yourself within it. 

This exhibition is presented by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence.

Photo credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Meriem Bennani, Windy June
June 20, 2022 to May 31, 2023
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:
Windy is a spinning sculpture in the shape of a tornado made from black foam. The work plays with various traditions and ambiguities of public sculpture. In many cases, the public is asked to walk around public sculpture, taking in its grandeur from a safe distance. Bennani’s sculpture spins itself, and at a speed that makes the details of the work almost impossible to grasp—both visually and physically. In her conceptualization of the work, Bennani was inspired by the dynamism and constant movement on the High Line, wishing to make a sculpture that could capture and work within this urban energy.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line and Audemars Piguet Contemporary.

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, Empower Flower
May 5, 2022 to May 4, 2023
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Empower Flower is a lotus-shaped throne created as a symbol of praise, unity, and support of women’s rights. The sculpture was created in celebration of the strength, resilience, and sovereignty of all women. Five independent parts come together to form a lotus-like throne, thereby providing the space for the passive onlooker to become the central focus of the artwork. 

This exhibition is presented by Taglialatella Galleries and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Photo credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Nina Beier, Women & Children
May 7, 2022 to April 30, 2023
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

For the High Line, Beier realizes Women & Children, a fountain composed of found bronze sculptures of women and children. The statues range in style from classical to contemporary, and all depict women and children in the nude, as has been Western art-historical convention. Water streams from the eyes of the sculptures, creating cartoonish tears that point to the fragility projected onto women and children as subjects. The work’s title echoes the phrase “women and children first,” a Victorian-era maritime code of conduct wherein women and children, assumed to be the weakest aboard, should be the first saved in a perilous situation. 

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

Image credit: Photo by Ross Dahmen, courtesy of Project Backboard

Andrea Bergart, Purple Slice
April 15, 2022 to April 14, 2023
McCaffrey Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Andrea Bergart’s court design draws from her experience as a lifelong athlete and demonstrates the relationship between body and movement through space, as well as the female form in an abstract and unexpected way. Her involvement in the New York City-based all women basketball community, Downtown Girls Basketball, also inspired her to make art highlighting the sport’s culture – including her line of luxury bags handmade from basketballs.

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

Image credit: Image courtesy of the artist

Carmen Paulino, Crochet Mural of Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor
June 11, 2022 to April 11, 2023
Cherry Tree Park, Manhattan
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Description:

This mural is in commemoration of Puerto Rican-American heritage. It was made using crocheted contributions by over 100 artists from around the world ranging in age from 9 to 91 years old, linking the community together one stitch at a time.

Image: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Paola Pivi, You know who I am
April 4, 2022 to March 31, 2023
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

You know who I am is a large-scale cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty wearing various cartoonish masks. The masks are stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States. The masks will change every two months, representing six different people over the course of the exhibition. The work stands twenty-three feet above the High Line on the Northern Spur Preserve. From this vantage, visitors can also see the original Lady Liberty to the south in New York Harbor.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

Image credit: Wyatt Kahn, “The Friends,” 2021 Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Xavier Hufkens; Presented by Public Art Fund as part of Wyatt Kahn: Life in the Abstract at City Hall Park, New York City, June 8, 2022-February 26, 2022. Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.

Wyatt Kahn, Life in the Abstract
June 8, 2022 to February 26, 2023
City Hall Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Life in the Abstract is Wyatt Kahn’s first public art exhibition, comprising seven new monumental sculptures fabricated in Cor-Ten steel. Each sculpture juxtaposes components adapted from Kahn’s abstract canvas paintings with “readymade” items like eyeglasses, clock, comb, hand, foot and other elements from his domestic life. The artist translated seventeen line drawings into large welded steel blocks and arranged them in ways that suggest imaginative narrative compositions. Sited in City Hall Park, the works open a conversation between the private sphere of the artist’s life and the public realm of urban architecture, landscape and infrastructure. Life in the Abstract adds to the lineage of modernist public sculpture, infusing it with both playfulness and rigor, reminding us that the creation of abstract ideas and the business of daily life go hand in hand.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo credit: Photo by Raul Tovar

Idriss B, The Art Collection - Concrete Jungle
February 14, 2022 to February 13, 2023
E. 34th Street to E. 38th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Artist Idriss B.’s collection of playful and whimsical polygonal animal forms in different sizes in this inaugural temporary public art exhibition in this section of Park Avenue. There are nine brightly colored animals between 34th and 38th Streets, creating a temporary zoo on this busy thoroughfare.

This exhibition is presented by Patrons of Park Avenue, and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.

Photo courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, Indigenous Threads
December 29, 2021 to December 15, 2022
Brigadier General Charles Young Triangle, Manhattan
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Description:

This installation by Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, a fifth-generation textile dyer from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, tells the story of Iya Alaro (“Mother of Dyers”). Indigo dyed textile is known as Adire, which translates as (adi) “to tie” and (re) “to dye.” The honor of Iya Alaro comes with great responsibility, overseeing the harvesting of the indigo plant, prepping the dye baths, composition of solvents, and organization of the community of women. Once the Adire is ready for market, the Iyaloja (the “Mother of the Market”) is selected, an honor of Chieftaincy voted in by the fellow market women, nominated by the King, and/or politically chosen. The Adire textile is prepared for the coronation of the Iyaloja.

This exhibition is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

Cristina Iglesias, Landscape and Memory
June 1, 2022 to December 4, 2022
Madison Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Landscape and Memory will place five bronze sculptural pools, gently flowing with water arriving in different sequences, into the park’s Oval Lawn, harkening back to when the Cedar Creek—now buried underground—coursed across the land where the park stands today. Building on Iglesias’ practice of unearthing the forgotten and excavating natural history, Landscape and Memory resurfaces in the imaginations of contemporary viewers the now-invisible force of this ancient waterway.

This exhibition is presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Photo credit: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney

Hebru Brantley, The Great Debate
November 14, 2021 to November 13, 2022
The Battery, Manhattan
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Description:

A painted fiberglass structure that stands 16 feet tall, this monumental sculpture features artist Hebru Brantley’s signature character, Flyboy. Within the canon of comics, very few characters of color exist. Flyboy was created by Brantley as an exploration into what a superhero character of color would look like. Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviator pilots who fought in World War II, they carried out all successful missions and had the lowest loss records of all fighter groups. At a time when Black folks were treated far less than equal, the Tuskegee Airmen’s successes meant that much more. Flyboy is a nod of admiration and respect to these men and an inspiration to future generations aspiring to soar far above their predicted possibilities.

Image credit: Courtesy of Sculptors Guild

Elizabeth Knowles and Eric Laxman, Lotus
April 24, 2022 to October 30, 2022
Allen Street Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Lotus is a collaborative sculpture consisting of colorful lotus petals unfolding and rising from the urban streetscape. The purifying growth cycle of the lotus emerging from muddy waters each morning in full bloom symbolizes our daily sequence of life, death, and rebirth both physically and spiritually. Extending back for 145.5 million years, the lotus can withstand climatic extremes and is one of the few flowers to survive the Ice Age. Fabricated from welded stainless steel and woven wire mesh and durable in all types of weather, the sculpture echoes the enduring and sustainable qualities of the lotus itself. Lotus energizes the Allen Street Mall with its vibrant petals gracefully unfurling in a celebratory embrace of renewal and regeneration.

This exhibition is presented by Sculptors Guild.

Photo credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Jaime Miranda-Bambaren, Seeds (13 Moons)
June 23, 2022 to October 23, 2022
Thomas Paine Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Artist Jaime Miranda-Bambaren exhumes the truncated roots of plundered trees in the Peruvian highlands. They are centennial arbors, planted in viceregal times, razed by our degrading "modernity." By transforming such remains into “seeds”, Miranda affirms an ecological claim and a resurrectional act: to transfigure those fields of sown death into almost breathing images of life.

Image credit: Photo by Jon Lopez, Courtesy of NBPA

A$AP Ferg, The Warrior
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Holcombe Rucker Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) commissioned Harlem native A$AP Ferg and curator Set Free Richardson to create this design for the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park, which pays homage to the warrior spirit of the Harlem community and embodies the essence of the many great basketball warriors of the Rucker from the past, present, and future.

This exhibition is presented by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

Chinatown Yarn Circle with Naomi Lawrence, Stand Speak Shape
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Columbus Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Chinatown Yarn Circle, led by Tina Lin, Naomi Lawrence, and local organizations, represents an intergenerational community mobilizing to STAND together; SPEAK up for justice; and SHAPE society through civic action and crochet. The flowers are in tribute to AAPI community builders, embodying collaboration, triumph over struggle, and inspiring future generations.

  • Flowers with cultural significance and symbolic ties to the Asian community
  • Chinese Bamboo symbolizing strength and resilience.
  • China – Peony
  • Taiwan – Plum Blossom
  • Hong Kong – Orchid
  • South Korea – Rose of Sharon
  • Japan – Chrysanthemum
  • India – Lotus
  • Singapore – Orchid
  • Vietnam – Lotus
  • Philippines – Arabian Jasmine
  • Thailand – Orchid
  • Malaysia - Hibiscus
  • Indonesia – Orchid

Stand Speak Shape is made possible in part with funding from OCM, Think Chinatown, Asian Americans for Equality, and Knitty City

Thomas J Price, Thomas J Price: Witness
October 2, 2021 to October 1, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Thomas J Price: Witness marks the British sculptor’s first US solo institutional exhibition. Price’s nine-foot bronze figure, The Distance Within (2021), is sited within Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and depicts a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. With Witness, the artist continues his exploration of blackness and Black masculinity at monumental scales. In The Distance Within, Price asks us to consider what is projected onto Black bodies as they move in the world and in what ways they are made monolithic via broader archetypes and stereotypes, as well as how Black bodies in the ordinary everyday are subject to extraordinary surveillance and spectatorship.

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

CRASH x Warner Bros, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
September 22, 2021 to September 21, 2022
Mae Grant Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

This mural is a colorful, subtle tribute to the legacy of Space Jam and iconic Looney Tunes characters that also speaks to the vibrancy of the Harlem neighborhood.

This exhibition is presented by Warner Brothers.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Felix Marzell, BIG APPLE
October 13, 2021 to September 12, 2022
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Sitting in the Apple, users will be able to enjoy a 360-degree view of their surroundings at all times. Since the arrival of Covid-19, citizens have taken to the streets and local parks more frequently to get their daily exercise and enjoy a change of scenery. This Apple is BIG on ensuring that distancing measures are maintained while participants enjoy their urban discoveries. Not only is the modern cutout slices design airy, but the space also allows for only one family or couple at a time in the core.

This exhibition is presented by Hudson Yards Hells Kitchen Alliance.

Photo: Photo by Liz Ligon, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Emlyn Taveras, High Line Teen Staff and Hudson Guild Teens, Chelsea Youth Advocacy and Beautification Project
June 11, 2022 to September 11, 2022
Penn South Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

The culminating visual response to identified community needs, the Chelsea Youth Advocacy and Beautification Project triptych encourages mental wellness, inclusion, and community connection. Part of the ongoing Placekeeping initiative (est. 2021), these murals were collaboratively conceptualized by High Line and Hudson Guild youth staff through workshops led by Kathleena Howie, with final illustrations by Emlyn Taveras, and quotes Erykah Badu’s song “Tyrone,” 1997.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line and Hudson Guild.

Image credit: Courtesy of the NYC AIDS Memorial

Steven Evans, Songs for a Memorial
June 1, 2022 to September 6, 2022
NYC AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle, Manhattan
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Description:
Songs for a Memorial (2020-22) consists of 12 text-based, polychromatic, LED sculptures designed to evoke neon signage and the dynamic energy of nightlife, creating vibrant layers of color throughout the Memorial. This work exists at the intersection of language and memory by way of Evans’ appropriation of titles from songs tied inextricably to the period surrounding the onset and height of the AIDS epidemic. By juxtaposing multiple song titles across genres, Evans weaves narratives of both individual and collective memory and history that simultaneously speak to complex relationships between loss, love, sadness, joy and celebration.

This exhibition is presented by the NYC AIDS Memorial.

Photo credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, Courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Sam Durant, Untitled (drone)
June 7, 2021 to August 31, 2022
The High Line Spur at West 30th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

This large-scale fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole is the second High Line Plinth commission. With this work, Durant seeks to make visible the intentionally obscured drone warfare perpetuated by the US, and to remind the public that drones and surveillance are a tragic and pervasive presence in the daily lives of many living outside—and within—the United States. At the same time, drones are employed daily for humanitarian purposes, such as delivering supplies and medicine to isolated locations, to survey mine fields, and to tame wild fires that have ravaged landscapes. 

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line.

Alice Mizrachi, Renaissance Women
September 25, 2021 to August 31, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Intimate and low profile to allow visitors to engage at eye level and to gather around it, Renaissance Women honors the women of the Harlem Renaissance. It takes on a decidedly feminine form representing vocalists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne; visual artists like Elizabeth Catlett and Augusta Savage; and writers like Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. It will be the viewer’s choice as to which women they see reflected in the sculpture.

Image credit: Photo by Argenis Apolinario

Cecile Chong, EL DORADO – The New Forty Niners
November 3, 2021 to August 24, 2022
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Description:

Cecile Chong’s installation is based on the myth of the lost treasure of El Dorado. Over the centuries the story has been told in many ways, often as a metaphor for an ultimate prize that one might spend a lifetime seeking. This installation promotes ideas of transformation, immigration and community. It honors the opportunities that this city offers to newcomers, but most of all, it acknowledges the labor and efforts that immigrants contribute in return. Consisting of 100 metallic and brightly-colored sculptures arranged in a circle on the lawn, the sculptures are modeled after tightly swaddled babies, or “guaguas,” that the artist saw while living in Ecuador. Forty-nine sculptures are gold, referring to the 49% of New Yorkers who speak a language other than English at home. This fifth and final iteration stands on a platform that represents the 17 United Nations sustainability goals.

Image credit: Photo by Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund

Gillian Wearing, Diane Arbus
October 20, 2021 to August 14, 2022
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is one of several artists Gillian Wearing counts among her key influences, or “spiritual family.” The celebrated New York photographer, who took many of her best-known images in Central Park, nevertheless remains a surprising choice for a bronze monument. Wearing’s statue draws attention to the fact that few women are represented in this way, and even fewer visual artists. Who gets to be memorialized has become a lively public debate. Diane Arbus, installed temporarily at the entrance to Central Park, is one artist’s tribute to another. The presentation of the sculpture is unconventional: there’s no pedestal, the figure simply stands on the pavement. Like a photograph come to life, Wearing captures Arbus as she might have appeared, holding her distinctive Mamiyaflex camera, gaze fixed on her next subject.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Image Credit: Image courtesy of Project Backboard

Faith Ringgold, Windows of the Wedding #1: Woman
August 9, 2021 to August 8, 2022
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Description:
This basketball court mural is based on Faith Ringgold’s 1974 work, Windows of the Wedding #1: Woman. After exploring abstract shapes in the 1970s, Ringgold received acclaim for her narrative quilts created in in the 1980s. The basketball courts at St. Nicholas Park begin as an abstract pattern, but as hundreds, if not thousands, of stories play out across the courts surface it will be transformed into something of living narrative quilt. Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930 and graduated from City College of New York (adjacent to the St. Nicholas Park).

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

Naomi Lawrence, Flowers of Turtle Island
August 25, 2021 to August 4, 2022
Eugene McCabe Field, Manhattan
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Description:

Flowers of Turtle Island is a fiber art installation depicting a field of wild flowers that appear to be growing from the ground up so that when you walk past you will feel as if you are walking through an oversized field of flowers.

All the flower species are native to North America, in particular the northeastern part of the country. The larger flowers, lady slipper orchids and coneflowers, will loom overhead in bright colors of pink, yellow, and purple, with several shades of green.

Flowers of Turtle Island is installed on the fence that surrounds Eugene McCabe Field, adjacent to the elevated train tracks on Park Avenue.

The beauty of flowers connects people to nature and this installation will also inform people with a series of artist-guided tours. Many flowers that we now consider native to New York and New England were brought here by European settlers. The artist researched what was growing here prior to colonization to determine which species should be included. Echinacea, Coneflowers, Bluebells, Oypripedium, Lady Slipper, Aster, Goldenrod Solidago, Sanguinaria Bloodroot, Sunflowers, Violets, Rosehips all grew wild on Turtle Island, the name that the Lenape Indians used to identify the region.

Flowers of Turtle Island is made possible in part with funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by LMCC. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Jon Isherwood, Broadway Blooms
July 15, 2021 to July 14, 2022
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Broadway Blooms is a series of eight marble sculptures installed at eight major intersections along Broadway starting at 64th Street (Dante Park/Lincoln Center), then 72nd, 79th, 96th, 103rd, 117th, 148th, and ending at 157th Street. The artist chose the floral forms for their universality and accessibility. Carved from seven different types of marble, their ephemerality is contrasted against the durability of the hard stone.

This exhibition is presented by the Broadway Mall Association and Morrison Gallery.

Image courtesy of Gotham to Go

Julio Valdez, I Can’t Breathe
July 24, 2021 to July 10, 2022
Collyer Brothers Park, Manhattan
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Description:
I Can't Breathe is produced from a series of 6 drawings by East Harlem based artist Julio Valdez. Inspired by the images of racial injustice that have collectively entered our minds through the media over the past year. The drawings take on a transparency of almost impressionistic quality rendered with grey tones and fluid circular lines. This allover imagery reminds us the importance of not only reacting to news of injustices, but to also reflect and remember that as a community, we can overcome and reveal the creative potential in all of us, the human family.

The installation will honor Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others, it is imperative that we continue to move the conversation forward.

I Can’t Breathe is made possible in part with funding from LMCC and Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Queens

Photo: courtesy of RPGA Studio

Yvonne Shortt, Joel Esquite, & Community, Hair Salon
June 21, 2022 to June 17, 2023
Captain Tilly Park, Queens
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This public artwork celebrates hair as a form of cultural identity, beauty, and beliefs. In this initiative RPGA Studio worked with community members to capture the diversity in our community and engaged students at Queens College about hair, cultural identity, and community empowerment. Through these conversations RPGA Studio designed 21 hairstyle illustrations to go along the fence of Captain Tilly Park. Hairstyles include community member with gray hair, no hair, afros, braids, ponytails, 3c and 4c hair curl patterns, Indian traditional styles, male top buns, and more.

Photo: courtesy of RPGA Studio

Yvonne Shortt, Mayuko Fujino, Joel Esquite, & Community, Leaf Boats and Reflections
June 21, 2022 to June 17, 2023
MacDonald Park, Queens
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This public art piece is in remembrance of those we have lost to COVID-related deaths. Working with the community, RPGA Studio collected stories that inspired the ceramic relief tiles attached on the concrete border of the reflection pond. The pond is a mirrored acrylic pane that reflects the sky above and the individual looking down at the pond. Leaf boats serve as a space for community members to put flowers, silent notes to reach loved ones.

Image credit: Image courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Maren Hassinger, Steel Bodies
June 9, 2022 to March 5, 2023
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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New York-based artist Maren Hassinger returns to Socrates with a series of new steel sculptures following her first exhibition with the Park in 1988. Examining the complications of human interrelation and affinity, identity and collectiveness, through abstraction in the outdoors, these steel silhouettes take forms of various iconic vessels drawing types not only from her current practice, but from the ancient Western world, non-Western cultures, and various Craft traditions. Amplified to larger than human height, the public is invited to walk around and among them, experiencing new perspectives through the skeletal frame. Their proximity to one another, choreographed throughout the Park’s landscape, provides visitors a new awareness of their bodies in public and shared space.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Sherwin Banfield, Going Back to The Meadows, A Tribute to LL Cool J and Performance at FMCP
November 30, 2021 to November 23, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Going Back to The Meadows is a sculptural sonic performance artwork dedicated to Queens hip-hop legend LL Cool J, his hometown of Queens, NY, and historical performances at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The sculpture includes a traditionally sculpted portrait bust of LL Cool J sitting atop a mirror polished stainless steel radio design and steel pedestal frame. The pedestal design includes references to LL’s unique style and career accolades and Queens landmarks. The sculpture’s audio speakers are solar powered, highlighting the use of green technology.

This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Haksul Lee, The Giving Tree
November 30, 2021 to November 23, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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The Giving Tree brings awareness to the environmental concerns in the Queens community and elevates Flushing Meadows Corona Park as one that leads the future. This artificial tree will use wind power to generate electricity to light the park and provide a charging station for park visitors. It serves as a form of altruism to promote a higher level of collective consciousness and cooperation, which are necessary to ensure our collective well-being and even survival.

This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Photo Credit: Savannah Lauren

Hive Public Space and The Urban Conga, The Ribbon
October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022
Rafferty Triangle, Queens
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This piece is a playful interactive platform that invites you to connect with LIC admirers, contribute a message, and engage with the surrounding space in new ways. It is part of a multisite installation throughout Court Square where kinetic units reveal “love notes” submitted by residents, workers, and visitors.

Image caption: Image courtesy BODYARMOR

MAST, Tennis Is a Game
August 26, 2021 to August 25, 2022
Detective Keith L Williams Park, Queens
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In 2021, BODYARMOR Sports Drink and Naomi Osaka kicked off a court renovation initiative designed to revitalize tennis courts she grew up playing on, enriching the community, inspiring youth sports organizations through art, and ultimately reminding everyone to play to have fun, because after all, tennis is a game.

This exhibition is presented by BODYARMOR.

Image credit: Image courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park.

Hélio Oiticica, Subterranean Tropicalia Projects: PN15 1971/2022
May 14, 2022 to August 14, 2022
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Presented in collaboration with Projeto Helio Oiticica and Americas Society, this immersive environment is the first realization of a never-before-executed idea by the late Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. Oiticica envisioned the work in 1971, as part of a series of Subterranean Tropicália Projects for Central Park, while he was living in New York City, drawing inspiration from the thriving underground culture. The circular structure of curving corridors provides visitors with a sensory multi-sensory experience and a space for the public to collectively engage in auto-performance. The 40 feet diameter environment, with plants and image projections, creates a play of light, shadow, opacity, framing, and orientation. It is a space for collective creativity and leisure, dubbed “creleisure” by the artist. The project is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘This Must Be the Place: Latin America Artists in New York, 1965-1975? at Americas Society .

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Image credit: Buena Onda Collective

Buena Onda Collective: Camila A. Morales & Dominika Ksel, Breathing Together: A Love Story, 2022
June 1, 2022 to July 18, 2022
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk - Beach 96, Queens
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As our climate crisis exacerbates, we need to find a way to understand the interdependent nature of our mutualistic relationships more critically. The living sculpture looks to embody this relationship and invite audiences to send loving energy to the algae growing within the sculpture. Over the years, scientists have revealed the power of caring intention and its incredible impact on plant life and growth. In the sculpture we are asking viewers to rethink and expand their relationship to plant life and consider work plants do for us and their need for our love and respect toward them.

The sculpture consists of acrylic tanks in the shape of the word CARE. Each tank will act as a home for the algae and will process the surrounding carbon dioxide transforming it into oxygen.

Photo credit: courtesy of Richard West

Afro Pick: Remembering & Moving Forward, Yvonne Shortt with Mayuko Fujino+ Joel Esquite + Queens Community
July 12, 2021 to July 11, 2022
MacDonald Park, Queens
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The piece is a way to honor those who have died during COVID. It’s also a way to celebrate the community moving forward to make a better world for our youth by taking what we as a community have learned and working together for change.

The Afro pick originated over 5500 years ago in Africa as a way to honor, celebrate, educate, and empower.

Funded by RPGA Studio, Council member Koslowitz, and ConEd

Staten Island

Image courtesy of Sundog Theatre.

Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal, Together We Are New York
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Skyline Playground, Staten Island
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Sundog Theatre partnered with Association for a Better New York on their 5-borough project celebrating what it means to be a New Yorker, "Together We Are New York." Influenced by the thoughts of prominent Island community members, this mural also depicts what it means to be a Staten Islander. Artists Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal incorporated themes of compassion, vibrancy, family, caring for others, and resiliency.

This exhibition is presented by Sundog Theatre and Association for a Better New York.

Image credit: Courtesy of Staten Island Urban Center

Various Artists, Waterfront: Access and Divide
May 21, 2022 to July 21, 2022
Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island
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This public immersion experience exhibits local artists and invites spectators to create stories about Staten Island’s waterfront. Waterfront Access & Divide is an exhibition of 44 photos that offer a glimpse of people, places and things in the community. The photos shape potential stories of what is and what can be for this waterfront neighborhood. Photographers featured in this exhibition include Kelly Vilar, Shani Mitchell, Soraya Candelario and Everet.

This exhibition is presented by the Staten Island Urban Center.

Photo: courtesy of Alice Austen House

Design Trust for Public Space and SITU, Turnout NYC
June 9, 2022 to July 11, 2022
Alice Austen Park, Staten Island
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Turnout NYC is creating equitable arts access across the five boroughs with a season of concerts, performances, workshops, and more. Turnout NYC is led by The Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization dedicated to activating and transforming shared public spaces to create a more just and sustainable city, and SITU, an architectural practice centered on social and creative impact, are leading this major, citywide effort to connect artists to the potential of public space, through new partnerships and infrastructure.

For a list of events hosted in conjunction with this initiative at this location, please visit at the Alice Austen House’s website

This exhibition is presented by Design Trust for Public Space, SITU, and Alice Austen House.

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