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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Bronx

Image: Together, Athanatos-for ever , Courtesy of the artist.

Vincent Parisot, Together, Athanatos-for ever
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Jardin De Las Rosas, Bronx, Bronx
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Description:

Vincent Parisot is a Greece based artist who has exhibited worldwide. One of the works that has resulted from their home and its flora is Athanatos-for ever, a veritable wall painting. It represents an “agave americana,” which in Greece is called “Athanatos,” or “without end,” an allusion to its longevity. Often, there are hearts on its leaves, along with names of young couples who hope that the plant’s longevity will be transmitted to their love.

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.

Image: Celebrations, Courtesy of the artist.

Lady K Fever, Celebrations
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Jackson Forestâ??s Community Garden, Bronx
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Description:

This mural is inspired by conversations with the garden’s founder about the history of the garden and plans for its future. On one side of the shed, silhouettes of a group of people clapping and celebrating, with reflections of the garden painted within the group’s outline. Other images incorporated into the design include a pumpkin patch, a flower bed, the garden’s pathway, an early morning scene, native butterflies, oversized flowers, and an array of green leaves and foliage.

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.

Brooklyn

Image: Together, We Will Grow, Courtesy of the artist.

ArtisticAfro, Together, We Will Grow
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Eden’s Community Garden, Brooklyn
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Description:
This mural’s inspiring design invites neighborhood children to want to learn about the benefits of growing their own food. Through that bond with gardening, the hope is that the garden will eventually become their safe space. Natural elements are matched with the garden's motto "Together, we will grow." The front of the shed carries this similar theme with an image of someone's hands holding a potted plant with a seedling inside. Through loving, nurturing, and growing plants, you love, nurture, and grow yourself.

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.

Various artists, Brooklyn Utopias: 2020
August 20, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Washington Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Brooklyn Utopias: 2020 addresses Brooklyn’s past, present and future by inviting artists to consider differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn. Participating artists also explore how Brooklyn has continued to change over the past decade, and if/how it can serve as a model for urban and American living on a national scale as we navigate a global pandemic in a time of unprecedented social, political and environmental turmoil. Brooklyn Utopias also implies the possibilities (or limitations) of art in creating a better world. Together, these and other artworks investigate complex topics such as gentrification and environmental justice and experiment with creative ways to engage with and care for local communities, even with current social distancing measures. Many of the projects include online or outdoor components that can be experienced by a wide audience.

Public artworks by Tamara Gayer, Human Impacts Institute, Anna Lise Jensen, Robin Michals and Lynn Neuman, and Iviva Olenick are displayed on the grounds in Washington Park.

This exhibition is presented by the Old Stone House.

Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Leonard Ursachi, Bunker Head
October 10, 2019 to October 9, 2020
University Place, Brooklyn
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Description:

Romanian artist Leonard Ursachi’s “Bunker Head” is a large, stylized human head – evocative of bunker embrasures- covered in stainless steel mirrors. .The sculpture “bandaged” in gauze, evokes not only the wounded, but also the healing. The highly stylized nature of its “face” will reference iconic heads from countless cultures, from shaman to soldier, from poet to prophet. The artist carved the sculpture in rigid foam and covered it with Styrocrete, a cement-like material that is used on top of foam in building construction. The “openings” will be shallow recesses covered with stainless steel mirrors.

Manhattan

Image credit: Sam Moyer, “Doors for Doris,” 2020, Bluestone, poured concrete, assorted marble, and steel, Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, September 16, 2020-September 12, 2021, Courtesy Sam Moyer Studio and Sean Kelly, New York, Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Sam Moyer, Doors for Doris
September 16, 2020 to September 12, 2021
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:
To mark the threshold between Central Park’s boulder-filled terrain and Midtown Manhattan’s built environment, Sam Moyer has created a massive three-part sculpture, with a title that pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981). Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region. The artist inlaid marble fragments into three double-sided vertical concrete slabs and framed them with contrasting rough-hewn bluestone monoliths. Each stone in Moyer’s mosaic compositions takes on an even more striking hue against the others and the locally-quarried rock, an apt metaphor that encourages us to consider the diverse character of our city and our interconnected lives within it. Their final arrangement demonstrates her impressive skill in composing sculptural forms, with its “doors” pivoted ajar to evoke the dynamism of the bustling city. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo by Tina Sokolovskaya

Gillie and Marc, King Nyani
August 25, 2020 to May 24, 2021
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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Description:
In collaboration with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have brought another version of King Kong’s story to the streets of New York, this time with love. Gorillas are one of our closest relatives sharing 98% of our DNA. They share many of the same behaviors as humans such as laughter and sadness. But there may be only 1000 mountain gorilla left in the wild and fewer than 3800 eastern lowland gorilla. On a trip to Uganda, the artists were able to see a family of mountain gorillas in the wild and were moved to tears at the loving family unit. Their sculpture is based on the head of the family, a dominant silverback gorilla. King Nyani, Swahili for gorilla, is the largest bronze gorilla statue in the world and gives an interactive experience unlike any other. With his hand large enough to fit 2-3 people, the public can get up close and personal with this gentle giant and fall in love with him.

Image courtesy of the artist

Manuel Ferreiro Badia, Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell
February 3, 2020 to February 2, 2021
Finn Square, Manhattan
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Description:
The sculpture Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell is based on origami studies and is composed of broken steel planes that cause the sculpture to change or live with sunlight. It reflects in an abstract way the fractal system of matter, looking for a simplicity that reflects the interior of every being. It is a work inspired in the study of the nature, in particular of a shell: the volume is reduced to its fractal structure, to its geometry.

Image: Flora_Interpretations, Courtesy of the artist.

Rose & Mike DeSiano, Flora_Interpretations
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Clinton Community Garden, Manhattan
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Description:
This mural is inspired by two native New Yorkers, and members of several community gardens, who understand the value of green space in a big city. The artists invited local residents to the garden to take photos during a guided tour. The images were transformed in to a wall covering mural and was installed with their help. The mural reflects the beauty of this local garden that is possible through the hard work of the volunteers.

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.

Images courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

Nacinimod Deodee, A Long Walk to Freedom and Reflection
December 7, 2019 to October 5, 2020
Colonel Charles Young Triangle, Manhattan
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Description:

Nacinimod Deodee has created a colorful three-part public art exhibition in this small triangular park, with the aim to activate the park during the cold winter months and compliment the arrival of warmer weather in the spring. A Long Walk to Freedom is a fence installation measuring 100 feet in length and runs along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. The horizontal, abstract composition is bookended by the numbers 1619 which refers to the year when American slavery began, and an infinity symbol. The artist has also created colorful yarn installations for the park’s lampposts and benches to make the space more inviting. This installation is part of Harlem Needle Arts’ larger We the People | Disrupting Silence textile series and public art initiative honoring African Diasporic peoples past and present.

This project is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Image credit: Photo by Aliyah Blackmore, courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

Alex Reynoso, I AM FREE
July 6, 2020 to October 5, 2020
Col. Young Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

What does it mean to create space for reflection and visioning? What does it mean to know your past, present and future? What does it mean to know that you are more than enslaved people? Harlem Needle Arts is pleased to present We the People | Disrupting Silence, a public art installation that pays tribute to the ingenuity, creativity and sacrifices of Africans of the Diaspora, who suffered the atrocity of enslavement, marginalization and disenfranchisement. This installation by Alex Reynoso joins Nacinimod Deodee’s A Long Walk to Freedom and Reflection on the opposite side of the park.

This project is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

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 caption: Chloë Bass, Wayfinding, 2019. Photo: SaVonne Anderson

Chloë Bass, Chloë Bass: Wayfinding
September 28, 2019 to September 27, 2020
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Chloë Bass: Wayfinding, the conceptual artist’s first institutional solo exhibition. This monumental commission features twenty-four site-specific sculptures that gesture toward the structural and visual vernacular of public wayfinding signage. The exhibition begins with and revolves around three central questions, poetically penned by the artist and featured throughout the park in billboard form: How much of care is patience? How much of life is coping? How much of love is attention? Through a combination of text and archival images, Bass’s sculptures activate an eloquent exploration of language, both visual and written, encouraging moments of private reflection in public space.

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Musem in Harlem.

Queens

Image Credit: Photo by Reiko Yanagi, courtesy of the artist

Jack Howard-Potter, Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium)
September 13, 2020 to September 12, 2021
Court Square Park, Queens
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Description:
Long Island City based sculptor, Jack Howard-Potter, makes large, often kinetic, figurative steel sculptures that can  be seen in city governments, sculpture parks and public art shows around the country.  The outdoor public arena is the perfect setting for the academic roots to be easily recognizable and accessible, bridging the gap between the fine art institution and the public. It all comes together in an effort to brighten the landscape and shift someone's gaze to break the daily routine with something beautiful.  

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Laura Lappi, 7 x 7 (HOPE)
September 12, 2020 to September 5, 2021
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Description:
Finnish-born, Queens-based artist Laura Lappi’s 7 x 7 (Hope) explores issues of space in New York City and the cost of living and housing, and how that impacts many communities. With this sculpture, Lappi draws attention especially to immigrant communities and their living conditions in Queens. While Queens is the New York City’s most culturally diverse borough welcoming immigrants from different backgrounds, its housing affordability is often out of a reach for many people.  The sculpture consists of a black wooden house structure that measures seven feet long, five feet wide and seven feet high, referring to the size of the average illegal basement room. Each wall has an embedded letter, creating a word H-O-P-E. Inside the structure a light is making the sculpture visible and glowing during the night.

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.

Image credit: photo by Angus Mordant, courtesy of the artist

Kris Perry, Mother Earth
August 12, 2020 to August 11, 2021
Beach 98 St. at Rockaway Boardwalk, Queens
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Description:
Mother Earth draws on an array of architectural elements,  from temples, mosques, and churches to the open columned spaces of Classical Greek buildings. The spire directs the viewer’s gaze skyward while its reflected shape points back down towards the Earth. Visitors are encouraged to occupy the sculpture’s central space where one can look outward upon the landscape in a moment of introspection. The 35-foot-tall sculpture is made of Corten steel, a material that will evolve with the seasons and site.

Image credit: Photo by Ne

Nancy Baker Cahill, Liberty Bell
July 4, 2020 to July 3, 2021
Beach 108 St. at Rockaway Boardwalk and the Rockaway Ferry Landing, Queens
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Description:

Liberty Bell is an animated, monumental, and richly sonorous augmented reality (AR) drawing in 360 degrees. The public artwork will be geolocated at a series of sites and experienced on smartphones and tablets through Baker Cahill’s free 4th Wall app. This project, which is two years in the making, lives at the vibrant intersection of public art, social consciousness, and tech. It is being presented simultaneously in six cities in the United States: Boston, MA, Charleston, SC, Philadelphia, PA, Rockaway, NY, Selma, AL, and Washington, DC.

In this polarized and tumultuous election year, many concerns persist around the founding principles of American freedom and democracy. Inequality, structural racism, injustice, and the ability to vote are chief among them. Inspired by the original cracked Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the drawing hovers beyond viewers, swaying with the rich and layered sound of bells tolling. The Liberty Bell soundscape morphs from the rhythmic lulling of a tolling bell, into a harmonious and dissonant sequence of ringing as it becomes increasingly unpredictable and arrhythmic. The richly textured brushstrokes and bell sounds resemble loosely knitted threads that unravel and come together in an uncomfortable, but cohesive moment. They reflect the evolution and transformation of liberty over time into the complex reality we face today. This exhibition is presented by Art Production Fund, in partnership with 7G Foundation and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, a project of the Fund for the City of New York.

Image: Jeffrey Gibson; ‘Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House’ 2020; Image by Scott Lynch

Various Artists, MONUMENTS NOW
July 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Description:

In this turbulent moment when we find ourselves reevaluating American identity and values, the MONUMENTS NOW exhibition seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.

The exhibit evolves over three cumulative parts. Part I opens summer 2020 with major new commissions for contemporary monuments by acclaimed artists Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons. Then Part II and Part III of the exhibition open together on October 10, 2020. Part II encompasses ten monument sculptures by the Park’s 2020 Artist Fellows and Part III features a multi-faceted monument project collectively realized by high school students. The park’s Broadway Billboard will also feature a monuments-related artwork by artist Nona Faustine. Furthermore, in acknowledgment of how monuments are shaped by society as well as by artists, the public is invited to share their reactions on-site and online over the course of the exhibition. All three parts of the exhibition remain on view through March 2021. This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Staten Island

Lina Montoya, The Immigrant Journey -- Past Meets Present (Mural)
October 8, 2019 to October 7, 2020
Arrochar Playground, Staten Island
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Description:

This mural, depicting waves, mountains and stars, is a companion artwork to the  expansive fence installation above it. Together, the mural and the fence installation are a tribute to the immigrant communities of all times and an homage to New York Harbor. The 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.

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.

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