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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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Image caption: Benches installed in Prospect Park Parade Ground, Brooklyn (image courtesy of CEI Arts Education)

Center for Educational Innovation, CEI Arts Education BENCHMARKS: Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change
June 8, 2019 to September 6, 2019
Various Locations

Description:

In this current climate, BENCHMARKS provides NYC youth with a public platform to express themselves on current issues in a constructive, creative and powerful way to effect social change. This comprehensive, student arts residency program inspires young people to confront major social issues and become engaged citizens through creating large-scale, meaningful artworks on benches for public display citywide, to effect social change. The resulting 30 benches have been colorfully painted to share the students’ messages with parkgoers in all five boroughs. This program serves up to 750 New York City public school students in grades 5-9 in 30 schools in disadvantaged communities citywide.

Locations: The benches can be found in Mullaly Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, Hoyt Avenue Sitting Area in Queens, and North Shore Esplanade in Staten Island.

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

Image credit: Wood panels by students from World Journalism Preparatory School, Queens, installed in Auburndale Park, Queens (image courtesy of LEAP)

LEAP, LEAP's Public Art Exhibition: Empowering Students Through Social Justice and Visual Arts
June 5, 2019 to August 26, 2019
Various Locations

Description:
LEAP’s Public Art Program uses a social justice framework to empower middle and high school students to have a voice in their communities and express themselves on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art. This program instills social responsibility and civic engagement, imparts artistic skills, concepts and techniques, and fosters peer leadership, self-confidence and collaboration. As part of each residency, students have a unique opportunity to meet with world-renowned artists at their studios, as well as galleries, museums, exhibitions, and other sites. For this year’s public art exhibition, students from seven New York City public middle schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island have adorned wood panels and small sculptural seating elements with colorful painted murals that touch upon critical social issues in their community and across the globe.

The tables can be found in Joyce Kilmer Park and Tremont Park in the Bronx, Coffey Park and South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Auburndale Park and Evergreen Park in Queens, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island.

This exhibition is presented by LEAP.

Bronx

Image credit: Chat Travieso, The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth, courtesy of the artist.

Chat Travieso, The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth
June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020
Keltch Park, Bronx
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Description:

The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth is colorful public installation that brings Bronx music, solar-powered lights, seating, and community art to an underutilized space at Keltch Park on 170th Street and Jerome Avenue in the Highbridge/Concourse area of the South Bronx.

it follows three previous booths, installed between 2014 and 2016 at different sites in Crotona Park East and Melrose. Designed by Chat Travieso, this newest booth was informed by the “Yes Loitering” Project, a public space and safety youth initiative that sought to investigate how teens might be excluded from or targeted in public spaces, and developed ideas on how to create more youth-powered spaces. The research project was led by Travieso and a team of Bronx teens from the area. The group of young researchers met with community members, merchants, and other key stakeholders to gather valuable input regarding neighborhood needs.

Like all previous booths, the Boogie Down (Youth) Booth pays tribute to the rich culture of the Bronx, as expressed through music. It incorporates solar-powered speakers that stream music continuously, featuring a playlist curated by Elena Martinez and Bobby Sanabria of WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center, showcasing the sounds of the borough, including salsa, jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hip-hop, Garifuna, and blues.

This exhibition is presented by WHEDco

Image: Lovie Pignata, Bronx River Native, Courtesy of the artist.

Sohhee Oh, Lovie Pignata, and Moses Ros, Art in Concrete Plant Park
September 28, 2018 to September 27, 2019
Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
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Description:
Artists Sohhee Oh, Lovie Pignata, and Moses Ros have installed public artworks along the length of Concrete Plant Park. The Communal Bench by Sohhee Oh is an uncommonly long bench made out of painted concrete blocks with images of native plants from the Foodway—materials that unify the conflicting history of the site. Pignata installed three geometric designs created with large, painted concrete pavers. Bronx River Native references the borough’s original inhabitants, the Mohegan, as well as its current residents. Ros’ Paradise Trail uses a series colorful flags to guide the public between the entrances at Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard. The flag designs were created with input from the community and celebrate the river, the Foodway, and the community’s heritage.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.

This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by the Bronx River Alliance, with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Image Credit: Andre Trenier, Rep Your Flag, Courtesy of ArtBridge

Andre Trenier, Rep Your Flag
September 20, 2018 to September 19, 2019
Inwood Park, Bronx
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Description:

Lifelong Bronx resident Andre Trenier presents “Rep Your Flag”—an homage to the immigrant communities that give the Bronx its strength.  The 16 included flags were determined directly from community feedback: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Pan-African, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago

This exhibition is presented by the ArtBridge.

Art in the Parks: Active Open Space is a partnership between NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in NYC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to activate park space with health-inspired art installations that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brooklyn

Image: courtesy of NYC Parks

Patrice Payne, Pillar Murals
July 6, 2019 to July 5, 2020
Marion Hopkinson Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

This exhibition repurposes six concrete pillars situated along the park’s pathways from the Chauncey Street entrance, which were recently scraped, cleaned, and repainted during an It's My Park project organized by the Marion Street Park Block Association, a local community organization. Local artist Patrice Payne has created six 20 by 20 inch mini-murals on the tops of each of the pillars, each depicting familiar neighborhood scenes or local floral and fauna. Nothin’ But Net depicts a group of basketball players who use the adjacent courts, while The Many Faces of Brooklyn show the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood. A colorful water hydrant in Brooklyn Summers evokes warmer weather, as does the shade of a tree in A Mulberry Tree Grows in Ocean Hill. The park’s unofficial bird can be seen in House Sparrow, and the ubiquitous Scarlet Runner Bean makes an appearance atop another pillar.

Funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Citizens Committee for New York City and Marion Street Park Block Association.

MADSTEEZ, Together As ONE
June 18, 2019 to June 17, 2020
Park Slope Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ is known for his vivid, large-scale, multi-layered paintings, where strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. His artistic approach is influenced by being almost blind in one eye, where he sees only abstractions and lines of colors, most notably reds, purples, and oranges, which appear frequently in his work.

This exhibition is presented by EA Sports.

Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax IV at Bar and Grill Park, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax IV
April 29, 2019 to April 28, 2020
Bar and Grill Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Field’s Jax, created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, is a series of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Scattered throughout DUMBO, the sculptures’ lyrical arrangement encourages pedestrians to try to spot the next one and explore the neighborhood. For Field’s Jax, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017. The other two sculptures are located at Front Street at York Street, and in front of Bridge Street on the corner of Prospect and Jay Streets, and exhibited with the NYC DOT Art Program.

This exhibition is presented by the DUMBO BID.

Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I at Clumber Corner, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I
April 29, 2019 to April 28, 2020
Clumber Corner, Brooklyn
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Description:
Field’s Jax, created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, is a series of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Scattered throughout DUMBO, the sculptures’ lyrical arrangement encourages pedestrians to try to spot the next one and explore the neighborhood. For Field’s Jax, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017. The other two sculptures are located at Front Street at York Street, and in front of Bridge Street on the corner of Prospect and Jay Streets, and exhibited with the NYC DOT Art Program.

This exhibition is presented by the DUMBO BID.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Courtney McCloskey, Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration
April 13, 2019 to April 12, 2020
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration is an artist led, community-generated project that will turn hundreds of broken glass shards into a mosaic celebrating three of Fort Greene’s literary greats—Walt Whitman, Richard Wright, and Marianne Moore. The mosaic depicts a bookshelf containing books that display the titles of famous works by Whitman, Wright and Moore on their spines. The artist worked with students from PS 20, The Greene Hill School, Science, Language & Arts International School and Brooklyn Technical High School to create the mosaic pieces and tiles.

This exhibition is presented by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Funding and support provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Buckhorn Association, UrbanGlass, GasWorksNYC, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council.

Image Credit: Daniele Fraizer, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude, courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude
March 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Ecology Sampler by Daniele Frazier is a 6’ x 10’ handmade flag depicting fifteen notable creatures that live or migrate through Highland Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir in Brooklyn. The flag is flanked by eight additional flags along the yardarm that highlight the silhouettes of local tree leaves. Atop the 30-foot flag pole is an eight-inch-diameter, hand painted earth.

Flags are typically used to mark territories, boundaries, and ownership. In this case, Frazier subverts their normal use by displaying living things and migrating species that do not know or abide by boundaries.

In quilting a sampler is a quilt that does not repeat the same block pattern within its layout – a representative collection of one's technical skillset. In this case, the public artwork is not only a sampler of quilt blocks, but a sampler of the local ecology.

The site for this artwork is on the Atlantic Flyway bird migratory path, and features a large body of water. These two characteristics make this park, which is a protected wetland, a uniquely hospitable ecosystem for migrating birds. There are over 160 bird species that inhabit or travel through Highland Park, in addition to a diverse network of local plants and wildlife. Through educating the community about its unique flora and fauna, Frazier hopes to inspire a new generation of citizen conservationists to keep urban communities safe and clean for all wildlife species.

Image: Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard, courtesy of Public Art Fund, Photo by Nicholas Knight.

Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard
May 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Subliminal Standard, an interactive new commission by Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist Harold Ancart. The artist has constructed a large scale painted concrete sculpture inspired by New York City’s ubiquitous handball courts, which have fascinated Ancart for years because of their unexpected relationship to the history of abstraction. The painting references the traditional boundary lines of the court and the inadvertent abstract compositions created when city courts are repaired and repainted to mask graffiti and weathering over time.

Popularized by early 20th century immigrants to the United States, handball is among the most democratic sports, requiring nothing more than a small ball and a wall to play. The handball court is also the only type of playground that offers a freestanding double-sided wall which, according to the artist, “offers a unique possibility to show painting in a public space.” Ancart’s immersive sculpture will create a place for interaction, while bringing to light the ever-present painterly qualities that inherently exist in the structure of the handball court.  The title of the work poetically references the unintended abstract compositions and patterns created through their use and wear in relation to the standard lines that mark the limits of the playgrounds. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund

Image credit: Roberto Visani, (x) of many children, Courtesy of the artist

Roberto Visani, (x) of many children
October 6, 2018 to October 5, 2019
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Roberto Visani’s piece is inspired by the indigenous figurative sculptures of the Senufo people of West Africa as well as the forced migration and relocation of African people and culture in the Americas. Abstracted with 3D modeling software, the two figures will lean against one another as a symbol of togetherness and support.

This exhibition was made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

Chessica Rose, Sandrine Saint Louis, Tarik Lewis, Moving and Living: BMS Art in the Park at Betsy Head
September 20, 2018 to September 19, 2019
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Over twenty vinyl banners hang around the perimeter of Betsy Head Park encouraging park visitors to participate in healthy lifestyles.  Designs by local artists, as well as artworks from BMS at AFROPUNK and BMS Community Painting Activities in Brownsville promote activities like cycling and yoga, as well as mental healthcare.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.

This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sandro

Sandro "Sen2" Figueroa and James "SEXER" Rodriguez x Chase, US Open Art Courts x Chase
September 18, 2018 to September 17, 2019
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The USTA, in partnership with NYC Parks, commissioned Figueroa and Rodriguez to turn the Highland Park Tennis Courts into their canvas. A block of eight 36-foot courts, designed for youth to learn and play, are part of Art Courts, an extension of the USTA and Chase’s Return the Serve program.

“Sen2,” whose original name is Sandro Figueroa Garcia, is a Puerto Rican self-taught graffiti writer and artist. Since 2001, his artwork has been on display around the globe, exhibiting in numerous solo and group shows in America and Europe. James “SEXER” Rodriguez, has managed to make art his life’s work. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, he began dabbling in cartoons as a youngster, but by the age of ten he was exhibiting his work at Gimbel’s Department Store in Herald Square. 

Photo credit: Omari Maynard and Shamony Gibson, Healing On Fertile Ground, Courtesy of Artfulliving

Omari Maynard and Shamony Gibson, Healing On Fertile Ground
October 22, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Canarsie Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Healing on Fertile Ground is a multi-component public art exhibition. Paintings by community members are installed along Schenck Street, and depict different cultures uniting under the landmark arches of the Canarsie Pier. The existing planter boxes were painted, and a mural of a Native American headdress was placed in the gazebo to represent the indigenous people of what is now Canarsie. A life-size figurative sculpture made out of tape and polyurethane signifies the hard work the community has invested into rehabilitating this plot of land.

This exhibition is presented by Arfulliving, in partnership with GreenThumb, Canarsie Neighborhood Alliance, and Building Healthy Communities, funded through the Fund for Public Health NYC.

Asha Hanna, Afro Clouds
August 20, 2018 to August 19, 2019
Thomas Boyland Community Garden, Brooklyn
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Description:
Asha Hanna’s design honors the communities that live in Brownsville and the theme of GreenThumb’s GrowTogether Conference Honor Our Roots.  This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

Photo credit: Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes, Courtesy of the artist

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
August 28, 2018 to August 17, 2019
Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Farragut, and celebrate those who empower and nourish these neighborhoods. Twenty individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of over 140 nominations collected during a seven-month outreach process. Each park will exhibit 10 portraits printed in large banners and shot by local photographers. 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. Twenty more portraits will rotate into the exhibition until its final month. Please note the exhibition will be temporary. 

Photo credit: Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes, Courtesy of the artist

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
August 18, 2018 to July 31, 2019
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Farragut, and celebrate those who empower and nourish these neighborhoods. Twenty individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of over 140 nominations collected during a seven-month outreach process. Each park will exhibit 10 portraits printed in large banners and shot by local photographers. 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. Twenty more portraits will rotate into the exhibition until its final month.

Manhattan

Image credit: Simone Leigh, Brick House, photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Simone Leigh, Brick House
June 5, 2019 to September 30, 2020
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

For the inaugural High Line Plinth commission, Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman. The torso is a combination of the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The figure stands tall and monumental atop the Plinth, gazing resolutely down 10th Avenue.  Brick House is the first monumental work in Anatomy of Architecture, Leigh’s continuing series of sculptures that combine architectural forms from regions as varied as West Africa and the American South with the human body. The sculpture references numerous architectural forms: Batammaliba architecture from Benin and Togo; the teleuk of the Mousgoum people of Cameroon and Chad; and the restaurant Mammy’s Cupboard in the southern U.S. All three references inform both the formal elements of the work—the conflated image of woman and architecture—and its conceptual framework.

Leigh’s Brick House will be centered on the Spur, standing in sharp contrast to the disparate elements of the immediate architectural landscape. The Plinth is the focal point of the Spur, a site whose architectural and human scales are in constant vertiginous negotiation, surrounded by a competitive landscape of glass-and-steel towers shooting up from among older industrial-era brick buildings. In this space, Leigh’s magnificent Black female figure challenges visitors to think more immediately about the architecture around them, and how it reflects customs, values, priorities, and society as a whole.

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

Image credit: Laura Bohill, CommUNITY Cities, Courtesy of the artist.

Laura Bohill, CommUNITY Cities
June 27, 2019 to June 26, 2020
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Description:
?CommUNITY Cities uses hands as a centerpiece in the mural design, representing the connectedness found in communities. Like the City itself, this court has images of natural elements like plants and flowers intermixing with symbols representing technology and the cityscape. Bohill notes that healthy communities are not possible without vision and heart, two prominent graphic elements on either side of the basketball court.

This exhibition is presented by the NY Knicks and Squarespace.

Image: courtesy of the artist

Naomi Lawrence, La Flor De Mi Madre
July 9, 2019 to June 25, 2020
Eugene McCabe Field, Manhattan
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Description:

Naomi Lawrence’s crocheted flowers are beloved and familiar accents around the East Harlem neighborhood. Using acrylic yarn, Naomi Lawrence has created a colorful mural fence mural made of crocheted flowers that celebrate the diversity of people who make up the East Harlem community one intricate, crocheted petal at a time. There is a trio of giant flowers including a pink dahlia for Mexico, a purple and yellow Christmas orchid for Colombia, and a red hibiscus for Puerto Rico. These are surrounded by smaller flowers like white frangipani representing the Ivory Coast, lush pink bayahibe representing the Dominican Republic, and impala lilies representing Ghana. The smaller flowers were created in collaboration with fiber artists from the neighborhood. At 12 feet high and 25 feet wide, this is the largest installation the artist has completed to date.

La Flor De Mi Madre is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance with support from the Harlem Community Development Corporation and the Durst Organization.

Image: courtesy of the artist

Capucine Bourcart, EAT ME!
July 9, 2019 to June 25, 2020
Eugene McCabe Field, Manhattan
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Description:

Prompted by the artist Capucine Bourcart’s observations of children in her neighborhood unhealthy snacks as they were heading to and from school, this playful and humorous installation encourages all who pass by, especially youth, to make nutritious food choices. The artist created 1,500 photo-printed aluminum square tiles in her signature photo assemblage style, which are hung on the field’s chain-link fence and spell out the text “EAT ME!” The images printed on the tiles are fragmented, detailed pictures of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, all of which the artist purchased locally in the neighborhood. From a distance, the images appear abstract in their composition, with various textures and unique colors. Up close the deconstructed presentation reveals the true subject of this installation: nutrition, a global health challenge especially present in Harlem.

EAT ME!  is made possible in part with funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance with support from the Harlem Community Development Corporation and the Durst Organization.

Saya Woolfalk, Alley-Oop, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Saya Woolfalk, Alley-Oop
May 25, 2019 to May 24, 2020
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. Through a series of multi-year projects, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women's lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. In her design for Marcus Garvey Park, Woolfalk has turned the court into a fantastical, colorful mandala. Her court has been painted with the nonprofit youth development organization Publicolor, which uses design-based programs to engage at-risk students in education, college and career.

NYC Parks’ Creative Courts initiative transforms dated sports courts and asphalt plazas across Manhattan into vibrant and welcoming places by inviting artists to create original murals that re-engage communities with their local parks. The Facebook Art Department’s Artist in Residence program (FB AIR) invites artists to create site-specific art installations around the world at Facebook offices and, increasingly, in the public realm, with the aim of bringing together diverse communities in real life and encouraging the exploration of creative and innovative thinking.

Robert Otto Epstein, 5b9k3q@^tg6!+2F<%O, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Robert Otto Epstein, 5b9k3q@^tg6!+2F<%O
May 25, 2019 to May 24, 2020
Chelsea Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Robert Otto Epstein employs a grid-based style that started with an interest in knitting patterns, which provide a coded plan to create something physical. Epstein’s work also investigates how larger systems, patterns and language are assembled, pulled apart or remade into something new. Epstein’s design, titled “5b9k3q@^tg6!+2F<%O,” reflects the fast-pace, rapid movements of basketball, and how players attempt to outmaneuver their opponents by executing complex ‘picks and rolls,’ screens, and other plays in and around the basket. He believes the mural design will provide players with an energetic space on which to dribble, dream, and score.

NYC Parks’ Creative Courts initiative transforms dated sports courts and asphalt plazas across Manhattan into vibrant and welcoming places by inviting artists to create original murals that re-engage communities with their local parks. The Facebook Art Department’s Artist in Residence program (FB AIR) invites artists to create site-specific art installations around the world at Facebook offices and, increasingly, in the public realm, with the aim of bringing together diverse communities in real life and encouraging the exploration of creative and innovative thinking.

Art Students League, Model to Monument
May 22, 2019 to May 21, 2020
Riverside Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Now in its seventh year, the Art Students League’s Model to Monument (M2M) sculptors are addressing the theme “Coming Ashore” with monumental works exploring topics of immigration, refuge, fluidity, organic and ancient forces. The artists are: Damon Hamm & Jeff Sundheim (Wavehenge), Gaia Grossi (Gaea), and Frank Michielli (Moiré.) “The scale and ambition of these installations reflect a long tradition at The League to support great sculpture and elevate the daily lives of New Yorkers,” says Executive Director Michael Rips.

This exhibition is presented by the Art Students League.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Bob Lobe, SUPERSTORM
May 20, 2019 to May 19, 2020
Duarte Square, Manhattan
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Description:

Using the repoussé technique, artist Robert Lobe has recreated a tree that was torn out of the ground during Superstorm Sandy.  Lobe hammered aluminum around the felled tree and corresponding bolder to replicate their shattered forms. Though the original tree was located in along the Appalachian Trail in Northwest New Jersey at Harmony Ridge Farm and Campground, this sculpture also acts as a temporary memorial to and reminder of the storm’s devastation in downtown Manhattan, the artist’s home. 

This majestic sculpture embodies the current conversations around climate change and global warming. Though the crippled tree is ominous and threatening, Lobe has also captured the beauty of the original tree and its surrounding environment.

Leander Knust, Re-Material Wall
April 14, 2019 to April 13, 2020
West 111th Street People’s Garden, Manhattan
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Description:
The solar panel atop Leander Mienardus Knust’s Re-material Wall powers an electroforming process that slowly transfers copper molecules from suspended pipes to individual wires each floating in a solution-filled jar. Over time these molecules accumulate and take unique forms as a physical trace of their carrier electricity while the steel rusts, wood warps, vines grow, and piping disappears.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens program. 

Image credit: Ruth Ewan, Silent Agitator, 2019. Rendering courtesy Friends of the High Line

Ruth Ewan, Silent Agitator
April 3, 2019 to March 31, 2020
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:
For the High Line, Scottish artist Ruth Ewan presents a monumental-scale, double-sided clock on the park at 24th Street, also visible from street level. The clock is based on an illustration originally produced for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union by the North American writer and labor activist Ralph Chaplin. The illustration was one of many images that appeared on “stickerettes,” known as “silent agitators,” millions of which were printed in red and black on gummed paper and distributed by union members traveling from job to job. The clock nods to the round-the-clock organizing work of the IWW, and the ubiquity of the clock in labor struggles: both the ways that factory owners separated private and public time and the fights for the now-diminishing labor rights we have today, such as the five-day work week and eight-hour workday. The installation is Ruth Ewan’s first public artwork in the United States.

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

Image credit: Courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Various Artists, En Plein Air
April 19, 2019 to March 30, 2020
Multiple locations
The High Line, Manhattan

Description:
?En Plein Air, inspired by the unique site of the High Line, examines and expands the tradition of outdoor painting. The title refers to the mid-19th century practice of en plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). The inclination to paint outside was one reaction to the overwhelming transformations of life in urban centers, as nature and cities redefined each other under the pressure of modernization—a history that connects to that of the High Line, a remnant of the industrial era of the neighborhood. The artists in the exhibition not only bring painting outside but imagine nature as context, subject, and collaborator. They approach the history, methodologies, and content of outdoor painting from a variety of perspectives. The High Line is an apt site for the consideration of the importance of landscape painting in our time, as the natural features of the park juxtapose with the artificial scenery of the surrounding billboards, building facades and walls, and variety of advertisements. Through the participation of an international group of artists, En Plein Air challenges the kinds of work traditionally associated with public art—sculptures and murals—by presenting freestanding, outdoor paintings that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding landscapes.

Artists who are part of this exhibition include Ei Arakawa, Firelei Báez, Daniel Buren, Sam Falls, Lubaina Himid, Lara Schnitger, Ryan Sullivan, and Vivian Suter.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Nicolas Holiber, Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project
May 17, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Dante Park and Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street, Manhattan
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Description:

Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project features ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds that are in danger of extinction due to climate change, displayed along the Broadway malls, a tree-lined greenway between 64th and 157th Streets in Manhattan. Each sculpture is made entirely out of reclaimed, untreated lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it and highlight the environmental challenges faced by each species. Holiber gives meaning to materials that had no use is amplified when paired with the exhibition’s alarming message about climate change. The birds in this exhibition were chosen from the National Audubon Society’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report. From among the 145 threatened species that reside in or migrate through New York, Holiber decided to showcase the American bittern, brant, common goldeneye, double-crested cormorant, hooded merganser, peregrine falcon, red-necked grebe, scarlet tanager, snowy owl, and wood duck.

This exhibition is presented by Broadway Mall Association, Gitler &_______ Gallery, and the New York City Audubon Society.

Leonardo Drew, City in the Grass
June 3, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Madison Square Park, Manhattan
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City in the Grass presents a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama. Building on the artist’s signature techniques of assemblage and additive collage, the installation extends over 100 feet long with a richly textured surface that invites visitor engagement.

For City in the Grass, Drew has crafted a sprawling work of varied materials that undulates across the lawn and, at various points, crescendo into rising towers. These sculptures grow in and around a patterned surface made of colored sand that mimics Persian carpet designs and reflects the artist’s interest in East Asian decorative traditions and global design more broadly. Bringing together domestic and urban motifs, City in the Grass invites the Park’s visitors to walk on its surface and to explore the abstract terrain of the work from all angles.

This exhibition is presented by Mad. Sq. Art

Alice Mizrachi and Joe Blens, Untitled
November 10, 2018 to November 10, 2019
William B. Washington Memorial Garden, Manhattan
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Working together with gardeners at William B. Washington Memorial Garden, Alice Mizrachi and Joe Blens took the gardeners’ desire to commemorate previous generations of garden members and created a beautiful mural.  Along the leaves of each flower are their names delicately inscribed, forever a reminder of past caretakers of the land.

This exhibition is presented by Alice Mizrachi, in partnership with GreenThumb, William B. Washington Memorial Garden, and Building Healthy Communities, funded through the Fund for Public Health NYC.

Image courtesy of NYC Parks

Carmen Herrera, Estructuras Monumentales
July 11, 2019 to November 8, 2019
City Hall Park, Manhattan
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Estructuras Monumentales is the first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures by New York-based artist Carmen Herrera. She has created vibrant, abstract paintings for more than 70 years, but has only recently received her well-deserved art historical recognition. Herrera’s radiant compositions simplify dynamically juxtaposed forms to their purest elements of color and geometry, creating a distinctive and iconic clarity by emphasizing what she sees as “the beauty of the straight line.”

Herrera’s Estructuras series of sculptures are even less well known. Informed by her architectural training, Herrera began the series in the 1960s with a group of diagrammatic sketches. She envisioned large-scale monochromatic sculptures that would extend the experience of her luminous paintings into three dimensions. Until recently, these historic proposals have remained unrealized. With Estructuras Monumentales, this remarkable artist is now able to share her powerful structures with public audiences for the first time.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Anina Gerchick, BIRDLINK
June 10, 2019 to November 7, 2019
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Manhattan
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BIRDLINK is an interactive habitat sculpture whose mission is to support migratory birds by inserting native plant systems throughout the urban and suburban corridors through which they travel. There, people can learn about the challenges facing bird populations, and enjoy more space. BIRDLINK attracts the wild birds that reside or migrate through the city with native plants at the empty lower and middle canopy levels. It responds to community interests, highlights the shared the urban ecosystem and bridge cultural differences through the universal of birds. This park in a busy, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood also hosts the African M’Finda Kalunda Garden and the Chinese Hua Mei Bird Garden for exotic caged songbirds.

Image Credit: MADSTEEZ, Madsteez x Mountain Dew, Image courtesy of the artist.

MADSTEEZ, Madsteez x MTN DEW
October 19, 2018 to October 18, 2019
West 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ is known for his vivid, large-scale, multi-layered paintings, where strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. His artistic approach is influenced by being almost blind in one eye, where he sees only abstractions and lines of colors, most notably reds, purples, and oranges, which appear frequently in his work.

This exhibition is presented by Mountain Dew. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Jose Carlos Casado, I Don't Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me...
October 21, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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The title of this new site-specific work is inspired by writer and activist Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and reflects the artist’s deep respect for the black female experience and the personal connection to Angelou he found while reading her life story. Created out of 150 archival printed aluminum morphed into unique sculptures, no two individual pieces are the same. The sculpture becomes interactive when another dimension is revealed with an augmented reality app, which can be called up using a QR code posted on nearby signage.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Council Member Bill Perkins. Additional support provided by Materials for the Arts.

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Kim Dacres & Daniel A. Matthews, Peaceful Perch
October 21, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Peaceful Perch is a figurative bust-like sculpture: resonating as female, sitting elevated as an honored monument of watchfulness. The sculpture embodies the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair: reflected within the neighborhoods of Harlem. Kim Dacres utilizes recycled motorcycle tires, layering them to reinterpret the features and hair of a woman, reimagined and accented with gold paint and enamel. By collaborating with artist Daniel Matthews, Dacres elevates the bust so that she sits as an honored monument of watchfulness.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative. Additional funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation, SWAB Reuse and Repair administered by Citizens Committee for New York City. Rubber materials were donated by Harlem Bolt Bike Shop.

Image: Migrations, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Creative Art Works, Migrations
August 9, 2018 to September 8, 2019
Jacob H. Schiff Playground, Manhattan
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Migrations spans the retaining walls that line the central walkway of Jacob H. Schiff Playground in Hamilton Heights. As part of the Audubon Mural Project, this mural raises awareness about birds that are impacted by climate change – in particular, the following four threatened species: Bank Swallow,  Common Redpoll, Northern Shoveler, and the White-faced Ibis.

Migrations was completed through a rich collaboration among volunteers of the Jacob H. Schiff Playground Neighborhood Association; Paid Youth Apprentices and Teaching Artist Jessie Novik with Creative Art Works; and The Audubon Mural Project/Gitler& Art Gallery.

Image credit: Image courtesy of NYC Parks

Mark Manders, Tilted Head
March 6, 2019 to September 1, 2019
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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With Tilted Head, parkgoers will encounter a 13-foot-tall androgynous, detached human head in classical repose, seemingly made of drying moldable clay, but actually cast in bronze. The archetypally minimalist head is mysteriously incomplete, missing a third or more of its form, and is accompanied by remnants of cast bronze objects that appear left behind as if the sculpture was abandoned in the studio, frozen in time. Tensions are evident throughout: the serenity of the face is countered by the disruption of the cracking surface, figurative representation veers towards abstraction of form. Timelessness and specificity meet, allowing viewers to project their own meaning and construct their own narratives about this colossal bodily fragment. Tilted Head is the artist’s largest single cast bronze sculpture to date and brings Mark Manders’ highly distinctive style to an outdoor exhibition in New York for the first time.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund .

Folk Art on the Broadway Malls, courtesy of the Lincoln Square BID

Lincoln Square BID, Folk Art on the Broadway Malls
October 15, 2018 to August 30, 2019
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Folk Art on the Broadway Malls, a new initiative that is part of the Lincoln Square BID’s signature and ongoing Streetscape and Beautification program, is a community-based temporary public art project that will beautify the Broadway Malls between 60th and 70th streets.

Inspired by textile works from the American Folk Art Museum’s (AFAM) permanent collection, the Lincoln Square BID, AFAM and volunteers from New York Cares installed murals using stencils at seven Broadway Malls in the Lincoln Square BID’s boundaries, recreating works of art that represent the very best of the neighborhood. Mural locations include: 60th street (the “gateway” to the Malls), 63rd street (both sides), 64th street (northern side), 67th street (both sides), and 70th street (south side, the BID’s northern boundary).

This exhibition is presented by the Lincoln Square BID and the American Folk Art Museum.

Image courtesy of the artist

Sarah E. Brook, Viewfinding
September 4, 2018 to August 22, 2019
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Viewfinding is a public art installation and queer poetry collaboration by New York-based artist Sarah E. Brook in Riverside Park South. It is a dimensional painting, interactive light sculpture, and a haven for private reflection. Brook’s sculptures and installations utilize translucency, layering, color gradients and architectural references to investigate the relationship between expansive external and internal (psychic) space, exploring how vastness can dismantle limiting narratives of being. Viewfinding consists of five wooden trapezoidal components, installed one behind the next and connected by a meandering bench that mimics the river nearby and interacts with the sun setting over the Hudson River. Strips of cast acrylic are fixed within each trapezoid, painted in gradations of color that progress from rich blue to fiery pink, referencing the color progression of a sky at sunset. On the bench are a series of 26 acrylic panels engraved with short works by queer poets—selected through an open call--on the theme of transformation and self-actualization.  Visible to viewers who engage closely with the work, the text will provide rich and varied entry points into the piece.

Contributing poets range from not-yet-published students to Lambda Literary Award winners (all poet bios on the project website).

Image credit: Image courtesy of NYC Parks

Joseph La Piana, Tension Sculptures
March 5, 2019 to August 11, 2019
53rd Street, 57th Street, 60th Street, 67th Street, and 70th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Tension Sculptures is a series of five sculptures of varying dimensions that bring together Joseph La Piana’s conceptual heredity and interest in activating passive materiality. With Tension Sculptures, the rigid, linear nature of La Piana’s ongoing Tension Paintings series exploring the boundaries of tensile strength is translated into three dimensions, comprising monochromatic yellow rubber stretched between and wrapped around stainless steel armatures, akin to a cats-cradle. The sculptures’ need to remain in a constant state of tension is essential to their physical composition, and as a result the artist refers to them as “living sculptures.” The artist finds parallels between the sculptures and the current experiences of individuals on a global, social scale. Every day, tensions are promulgated by conflicts—whether political, social, environmental, or interpersonal. La Piana’s sculptures, stretched to their capacity, echo this state of cultural and emotional disruption.

This exhibition is presented with the Fund for Park Avenue

Image Credit: Kathleen Granados, Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Kathleen Granados, Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album
August 11, 2018 to August 10, 2019
Harlem Art Park, Manhattan
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Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album is located in an invaluable community park and neighborhood, now facing increased gentrification. The installation highlights historic moments and contemporary culture with photographs that the artist collected from various residents, community organizations, institutions, and NYC Parks’ photo archive. Granados digitally scanned the photographs and transformed them into laser etchings on colorful Plexiglas that are interwoven into the grid of the park’s trellis. Park visitors become part of the artistic narrative as they look into additional mirrored tiles, viewing both the moments depicted and their own reflection. New images will be added to the trellis throughout the year.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Art in the Parks: Active Open Space is a partnership between NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in NYC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to activate park space with health-inspired art installations that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Queens

Photo: courtesy of RPGA Studio, Inc.

Yvonne Shortt with Jenna Boldebuck, Mayuko Fujino and Joel Esquite, Rigged
July 10, 2019 to July 9, 2020
MacDonald Park, Queens
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Rigged is a visual commentary on our social, political, and economic systems. It asks viewers to investigate such systems with the installation’s series rabbits and carrots placed on a 3-dimensional maze. The maze has windows that provide a glimpse inside the maze structure, along with a series of staircases that lead from one level to the next, yet there is no perceptible entrance or exit point. The maze was designed by the arts non-profit RPGA Studio, Inc., and the community was invited to design the rabbit/carrot sculptures.

This exhibition is presented by RPGA Studio, Inc. and Friends of MacDonald Park.

Image: Karl Orozco, Hospicio Caba�±as (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk) with Tonalxochitl Danza Mexica at the opening event, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Karl Orozco, Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk)
June 30, 2019 to June 29, 2020
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk) by Karl Orozco is an interpretation of the oldest hospital complex and orphanage in the Americas located in Guadalajara, Mexico. Hospicio Cabans was a playable stage in the arcade hit Super Street Fighter II and served as home court for Thunder Hawk, the first Mexican video game character. Using colorful dried corn kernels, Orozco will create a pixelated mosaic of Thunder Hawk’s stage on a large column at the entrance on 111th Street. He will inject the character’s backstory with greater historical and cultural relevance that is lost in the video game’s culturally insensitive depiction. Instead, Orozco will draw inspiration from Danza de la Pluma (a traditional dance originating in Oaxaca, Mexico that reinterprets the Spanish conquest of the Zapotec people) and today’s elote vendors along the park. 

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.

Pavilion Landing, Courtesy of the artist.

Yvonne Shortt, with Joel Esquite, Mayuko Fujino, Pavilion Landing
June 10, 2019 to June 9, 2020
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Yvonne Shortt’s Pavilion Landing tells the story a group of intergalactic children whose spaceship has landed in the park, after a long journey seeking a ray of hope generated by the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Shortt spent several days in the park working collaboratively with park visitors to build four 16”-tall sculptures of children out of clay. She then made molds from the clay forms, which were used to cast concrete sculptures placed at David Dinkins Circle.  Their spacecraft, inspired by the Tent of Tomorrow’s iconic suspension roof, is fabricated in concrete and aluminum with a clear plastic top that enables visitors to see the ship’s control center with several children at the helm.

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.

POOLTIME, Courtesy of the artists

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong & Dev Harlan, POOLTIME
June 9, 2019 to June 8, 2020
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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POOLTIME aims to revive the concept of the Pool as social hub by creating the experience of being in (or under, in this case) the water of the pool. POOLTIME, located at the north end of Meadow Lake, is a public pavilion and series of community programs centered around the rich history of the park as a site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. This public art pavilion pays homage to the historic Aquacade aquatic amphitheater constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, and reused during the 1964 World’s Fair. Now demolished and largely forgotten, the Aquacade was a large community hub and heart of the park even decades after many of the other World’s Fair attractions had fallen into decay and disuse. This artwork draws awareness to the Aquacade’s social and spatial impact after the conclusion of the World’s Fair as more than just an architectural relic. The artists are interested in the pool’s history as a vibrant site for working-class families to convene, the pool as social hub, and the pool as a carved human intervention adjacent to Meadow Lake.

Amy M. Youngs, Becoming Biodiversity
June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020
Willow Lake
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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An augmented reality app that encourages participants to explore and experience local, ecological networks present in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Cell phones and headphones are used to experience this artwork, which includes mixed-reality animations and storytelling as an overlay to the actual park. The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans empathetically with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.

Fantastic ecologies exist everywhere on earth and at many scales, many of which are invisible to us. This artwork is a guided tour which will allow us to inhabit the worlds of multiple species along the trail, allowing them to become visible and “sense-able” to us. The viewer re-enacts stories from the perspectives of non-humans; playing the part of a plant calling out to a bird to help with pest control, an ant planting spring flowers while simultaneously feeding her babies, an underground fungal network delivering goods to struggling trees, and a cormorant searching for a meal in a man-made lake.

There are 8 scenes, each takes place at Willow Lake, on the South end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The starting point for the app tour is the East entrance of the Pat Dolan Trail.

The free app can be downloaded for iOS or Android. Links here: http://hypernatural.com/bb/

Collaborators include Josh Rodenberg, Danielle McPhatter, and Jayne Kennedy, with additional support from Harvestworks, the New York City Urban Field Station, and the Ohio State University.

Photo Credit: Cern, Yearly Sanctuary, courtesy of the artist.

Cern, Yearly Sanctuary
May 10, 2019 to May 9, 2020
Forest Park, Queens
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The Audubon Mural Project enlists artists to paint climate-threatened birds, such as the Chestnut-sided Warbler, Veery, and Wood Thrush shown here in Cern’s mural Yearly Sanctuary. The bird species featured in the Audubon Mural Project are among the more than half of North American birds identified as climate-threatened by Audubon scientists in the 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report.

This project is presented by The Audubon Mural Project, a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Gitler Gallery, with support from the Forest Park Trust and the Dr. E. Lawrence Deckinger Family Foundation.

Image credit: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Respecting Black Women and Girls in St. Albans, Photo by NYC Parks.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Respecting Black Women and Girls in St. Albans
April 12, 2019 to April 11, 2020
Daniel M. O'Connell Playground, Queens
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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ Public Artist in Residence (PAIR).  A program administered with the Department of Cultural Affairs, PAIR embeds artists within city agencies to address pressing civic issues through creative practice. Fazlalizadeh’s mural features the images of several faces, inspired by local Queens-based women she has met within community conversations, and text capturing the experiences of community members facing the daily indignities of anti-Black racism and sexism. The mural is intended to place, front and center, the voices and images of women of color and challenge societal norms that allow sexism and racism to persist.

This exhibition is presented by the NYC Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Image: Jose Carlos Casado, Community: You never really know your own language until you study another, Courtesy of the artist.

Jose Carlos Casado, Community: You never really know your own language until you study another
April 6, 2019 to April 5, 2020
Rufus King Park, Queens
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Jose Carlos Casado’s installation reflects typical protest posters that people make for different public manifestations. Where protest signs normally reflect someone’s opinion on a matter, Jose's sculptures become unique portraits of people from within the community. Jose worked with 10 volunteers from the community, capturing images of their palms and running these photos through 3D imaging software, creating an abstraction of the hand. As no two palms are alike, these photos capture the uniqueness of a person. The rear side of each structure also reflects the volunteers; they are painted in the pantone color matching that person’s skin tone and include text about the person it represents.

Participation is a key theme throughout Jose public artwork. The volunteers he worked with became an important part of this piece and he plans on donating the individual artworks back to the volunteers once the work is removed from the park. This work also allows a viewer to connect with it through an interactive augmented reality app that Jose designed.

This project is part of Queens Council on the Arts' public art program ArtSite.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Bennett Lieberman, Color Columns
June 1, 2019 to March 20, 2020
Queensbridge Park, Queens
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Placed along the park’s waterfront pathway near a semicircle of benches, three “color columns” create fortuitous interactions among themselves, and harmonize with the East River and the park’s green foliage. Texts inscribed on the colorful prism facets riff on the poetic and lucid state of mind produced by epicyclic movement from one season into another. The prism facets are inspired by the luminous arrays of elegantly designed paint chips found in local hardware emporia and home furnishing mega-stores alike. When paired with their given names, these color groups present perfect opportunities to develop brief narratives or small poems that draw us deeper into the experience of color. The chromatic fields, especially in large format, add a physical dimension, like song lyrics, to the experience of language.

The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board, Onwards, Photos by Katherine Abbott.

The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board, Onwards
May 4, 2019 to November 20, 2019
Rainey Park, Queens
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The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board, led by Sejin Park, collected stories from Long Island City community members on how they advocate for an equitable future by supporting each other as strangers, neighbors, and friends. These stories are displayed on vinyl banners along the fence of Rainey Park.

This project is presented by the Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board and the Long Island City Partnership.

Image credit: Photo by Scott Lynch, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Rafael Domenech, Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria]
July 13, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria] (The Words are Walls [Pavilion for Astoria]) by artist Rafael Domenech is a collectively authored dynamic sculptural “book” project. Scaffolding and construction mesh, provisional materials emblematic of the changing urban landscape, comprise the two semicircular towers of this outdoor piece. The mesh “pages” hanging from the scaffolding feature graphically dynamic laser-cut texts that rotate throughout the exhibition. Domenech gleans these texts from visitors to the Park. In its totality, experimental digital graphic technique and chance composition aggregates into an amalgamation of voices throughout the 16-week exhibition. After the completion of the exhibition, Domenech will produce a book that combines the texts and includes reused elements of the weekly mesh installments. The https://socratessculpturepark.org/exhibition/las-palabras-son-muros/result will be a collection of fragmented perspectives conjoined into a new whole.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park .

Image credit: Courtesy of Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Shervone Neckles, Beacon Sails
June 22, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Lewis H Latimer House, Queens
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The landmark status of Lewis H. Latimer House and Museum serves as inspiration for the Beacon Sails. The artwork affirms the Museum’s sense of place and belonging within the Flushing and greater Queens community and honors the groundbreaking lifework of humanitarian, Lewis H. Latimer. The outdoor installation features two triangular-shaped shade sails which function as a focal point to attract the local public and serve as a locator for visitors. The patterned designs featured on each canopy draw inspiration from Latimer’s mechanical drawings and patents, specifically the 1882 patent for processing carbon filament. Also embedded into the designs are scientific symbols for light and energy. The patterned designs pay tribute to Lewis H. Latimer’s vision for bridging art and science to improve the conditions of society and our overall quality of life.

This exhibition is presented by the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, made possible in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Creative Art Works, Baby Park 2050
September 15, 2018 to September 14, 2019
Queensbridge "Baby" Park (12th Street and 41st Road), Queens
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?This mural is part of the Long Island City Partnership’s “Community Arts Connection,” an arts-based strategy to better connect all areas of Long Island City to enhance cultural vitality.  Youth residents of Queensbridge Houses and the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement created this community art mural, which was inspired by responses to a survey of Queensbridge residents. The mural installation was led by artist Michael Mitchell and Creative Art Works, an organization that empowers young people through arts programming.

The mural is presented by the Long Island City Partnership, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement at Queensbridge Houses, and Creative Art Works. 

Image credit: Miya Ando, Ginga (Silver River), photo by Scott Lynch, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Various Artists, Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space
May 5, 2019 to September 3, 2019
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space transforms Socrates Sculpture Park into a gateway to the universe, presenting artworks that consider space, time, and matter in relationship to celestial entities and earth-bound processes. In the open-air environment of the Long Island City waterfront park, the exhibition uses scale to put the universe in context, creating connection points to space and time. Participating artists include Radcliffe Bailey, Beatriz Cortez, Alicja Kwade, Eduardo Navarro, Heidi Neilson, and Oscar Santillán with new commissions by Miya Ando, William Lamson, and (MDR) Maria D. Rapicavoli. Each artist’s own notions of time, history, space, and site challenge the reigning system regulated by technocratic and colonial standards. Together the works reveal a coexistence of disjointed times in our contemporary world: clocked and measured time, rhythmic biological time, earthly time, the flowing time of human experience, anticipatory time, historical and anachronistic time, serial and simultaneous time, as well as technologically mediated time.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park .

Matt Keegan, what was & what is, 2019, installation view, Commissioned by SculptureCenter, New York. Courtesy the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Matt Keegan, what was & what is
May 12, 2019 to August 18, 2019
Court Square Park, Queens
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what was & what is speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City. what was & what is is an 8-foot-tall rectangular perimeter, a nearly empty room of about 180 square feet. The site positions the work at the feet of brand new residential buildings. Like its neighbors, Keegan’s work is constructed mostly in transparent panes, a model home approaching 1:1 scale. Its interior floor shows an enlarged dollhouse view of an empty one-bedroom rental apartment in the Hayden, a building across Jackson Avenue.

On three sides, the phrase “For a long time this neighborhood was about what will be, and now I think it’s about what is.” traces the upper edges of the sculpture. The quotation is pulled from a developer’s comment in a 2017 New York Times article titled “Long Island City Grows Ever Skyward.” Expressing the apotheosis of longtime speculative interest in Long Island City, it takes stock of the present with a puzzling formulation of self-reflection. If Long Island City is now “about what is,” then what is it about? Has “what will be” turned out to be “what is”? What was the present like when it was ostensibly about the future? The phrase begs the question of whose timeline and whose sense of anticipation guides narratives of a neighborhood’s arrival. To this end, the sculpture’s back wall is made of mirrored glass, a surface capturing a constant stream of traffic and passersby inside.

This exhibition is presented by SculptureCenter.

RPGA Studio, Peppermint in Pieces, Park Delight, and The Park Fence Project
August 10, 2018 to August 9, 2019
Captain Tilly Park, Queens
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RPGA Studio, Inc. uses art as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles and engage the surrounding community of Captain Tilly Park. RPGA worked with parkgoers, including students from Ideal Montessori School and MS 358, to design this multi-component, parkwide exhibition. In addition flowers and umbrellas along the park’s entryway on Highland Avenue, visitors will find creative signage that encourages positive park usage and maintenance, as well as local flora and fauna. When surveyed what would encourage more people to visit the park, children frequently requested a dog—RPGA happily obliged placing a sculpture of Peppermint the pup on the park’s south end to greet people. The work is in 12 pieces and takes the viewer a little while to locate the perfect spot to view the piece. It draws additional inspiration from an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa that artist Yvonne Shortt suffers from.

Art in the Parks: Active Open Space is a partnership between the NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in NYC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to activate park space with health-inspired art installations that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Staten Island

Image courtesy of Sundog Theatre

Sundog Theatre, Inc. with Lina Montoya and students from PS 39, The Immigrant Journey – Past Meets Present
July 13, 2019 to June 12, 2020
Arrochar Playground, Staten Island
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This expansive fence installation is the result of a Residency Program with artist Lina Montoya and Sundog Theatre at P.S 39, a public school directly adjacent to this playground. The residency’s theme was cultural immigration and Ellis Island history, and the resulting design was inspired by the Staten Island Ferry and the boats that came to Ellis Island full of people. The central image is a large boat full of butterflies. The iconic Statue of Liberty is included in the design, as well as an airplane and a square figure in the lower right corner that references the southern border, an "open wall." This piece is a tribute to the immigrant communities of all times and an homage to New York Harbor.

Supported by Council Member Steven Matteo through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative grant awarded to Sundog Theatre, Inc. for artist Lina Montoya and PS 39 students.

Image Credit: James Merlis, Harbor Block, courtesy of Mariners Harbor Parks

James Merlis, Harbor Block
September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Mariners Harbor Playground, Staten Island
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At Mariner’s Harbor Playground the sense of community has been rebuilt around family activities and youth recreation. For residents, this park has been a safe haven, meeting ground, sports complex, clubhouse, and as a place of neighborhood regeneration. Harbor Block celebrates the area’s unified efforts to enliven this park, and its excitement for the future.

This project is presented by Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks

Labyrinth Arts Collective, Walk This Way: Imagining My Staten Island
July 1, 2019 to August 14, 2019
Stapleton Waterfront Park, Staten Island
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ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, Queens Museum and NYC Parks invite local residents to visit Labyrinth Arts Collective for their Studio in the Park residency.  “Walk This Way: Imagining My Staten Island” is a series of creative workshops to celebrate the diversity of Staten Island residents in relationship to the waterfront and the link between its unique people, and their distinct and diverse neighborhoods. This project focuses on various genres of art-making such as storytelling, song, apparel, literature, food, and traditions, and how we all connect now to the ever changing waterfront. Project partners include Staten Island Arts Council, Staten Island Urban Center, Canvas Institute/IslandVoice, and YouthBuild SI/JMT Media. Visit Labyrinth Arts Collective for full schedule of workshops.

ArtBuilt Studio in the Park is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. 

Image Credit: Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps, courtesy of the artists

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps
July 30, 2018 to July 29, 2019
Tappen Park, Staten Island
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Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps, a grouping of five unique sculptures, create a playful forum for reading, recreation, performance, and public interaction. Like hopping along a series of rocks in the landscape or finding that perfectly shaped stone to rest and take a seat, Frezza and Chiao aim for the works to invite viewers to engage with the art as they might engage with nature.

This exhibition was made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

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