2021 Arsenal Gallery Exhibits

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The Arsenal Gallery is currently closed and will re-open on Monday, October 25.

The Arsenal Gallery is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, Third Floor of the Arsenal Building. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Closed municipal holidays.) Admission is free. For further information please call (212) 360-8163.

Know Before You Go

As a precaution due to COVID-19, several new policies are being implemented to keep visitors to the Arsenal Gallery safe. To enter the gallery, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for those who are eligible, and mask-wearing is required for all. Guests will be required to sign in, and groups of five or more people can call (212) 360-8114 or email artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov to pre-register.

Upcoming Exhibit

October 25, 2021 – November 18, 2021

Paul Hunter: Confinement Gardens

Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul Hunter’s “Confinement Gardens” series was inspired by the artist’s walks through New York City’s public parks and gardens during lockdown. As he sought refuge from these restrictions in the city’s greenspaces, he experienced the restorative power of flowers in bloom, which gave him hope despite the surrounding pandemic and political turmoil. In this series, his non-figurative compositions combine floral and leaf forms with wholly abstract linear patterns. To achieve the paintings’ luminous power, he applies several coats of translucent acrylics over an under-layer of aluminum leaf which reflects and refracts light through the layers of semi-transparent paint.

Images: Paul Hunter, Confinement Garden #AA, 2021, aluminum leaf, acrylic on canvas

colorful painting of plants and flowers in a landscape

Current Exhibit

Partnerships for Parks — It's Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action 

Digital: See this exhibition online!

Many of New York City’s local parks are sustained by community groups who volunteer to care for them. Dating back to the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, this grassroots activism transformed parks that were once neglected and dangerous into flourishing public spaces. Founded in 1995, Partnerships for Parks (PfP) was created to bring communities together with city government and private resources to grow this movement, which is as critical now as it was then. This online exhibition celebrates the program’s 25 years of dedicated public service by exploring PfP’s rich network. Sourced directly from community leaders, staff, and NYC Parks’ archives, the exhibition uses photography to celebrate PfP’s community partners, telling their stories through their eyes, and showing the transformation possible when people come together in their neighborhood parks to effect change.

Image: A happy moment at the Community Parks Initiative (CPI) launch at Martin Luther King, Jr. Playground, 2015, Leenda Bonilla/Partnerships for Parks

kids enjoy playing at a playground with crafts and basketballs

Past Exhibits

December 1, 2020 – January 4, 2021

38th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

View this exhibition online

NYC Parks is pleased to announce the 38th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, bringing in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths. This year, the exhibition will take place virtually, with nearly 40 wreaths displayed on the agency’s website. The exhibition includes wreaths by artists, designers, and creative individuals who reimagined the traditional holiday motif. This year’s wreaths feature unexpected materials like paintbrushes, newspapers, aluminum cans, coconut husks and shells, work gloves, earrings, grains and spices, and matchbooks. Some wreaths address timely topics like COVID-19, working remotely, and creative reuse and recycling, while others serve as a lighthearted inspiration and symbols of hope. Welcome the holiday season with this unique, fun, and socially-distanced exhibition.

Image: Kaitlyn E. Hay, Hail to the Art Teacher, paintbrushes, wood frame, glue, acrylic paint

Kaitlyn E. Hay, Hail to the Art Teacher, paintbrushes, wood frame, glue, acrylic paint

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2020 

Alice Momm: The Gleaner’s Song

The Gleaner’s Song is a collection of mixed-media works, words, and photographs by artist Alice Momm, inspired by her daily, immersive walks in Central Park. The materials and impressions gathered on these rambles become the seeds of artworks that pay tribute to the ragged beauty of found objects in nature and honor the quiet dramas unfolding in unexpected places. While often humorous, the artworks reflect a deep concern for our environment and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all living beings. This solo exhibition is Momm's love song to Central Park and an invitation to find wonder and joy in New York City’s parks.

Images: Alice Momm, Untitled from Gleaner's Song, 2017, bark, gouache, wire, paper; Central Park, Reaching Tree, 2019, digital photograph

Alice Momm, Untitled from Gleaner's Song, 2017, bark, gouache, wire, paper; Central Park, Reaching Tree, 2019, digital photograph

January 16, 2020 – February 27, 2020

Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks

Many of New York City’s parks and monuments honor African Americans who have shaped the landscape of our culture. Monuments and green spaces of all sizes, from Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan to Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn, pay tribute to the contributions and lives of notable African Americans from the 18th century to the 21st century. “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” is an exhibition of photographs that highlights a sampling of such namesakes throughout the city.

Presented by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society and Art & Antiquities.

Image: Children Playing Ping Pong, Marcus Garvey (formerly Mt. Morris) Park, April 26, 1943, NYC Parks Photo Archive

archival black and white photo of kids playing ping pong outdoors at Marcus Garvey Park as a crowd of other kids look on

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