2022 Arsenal Gallery Exhibits

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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.

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Mask-wearing is required to enter the Arsenal Gallery, and guests are required to sign in. Groups of five or more people can call (212) 360-8114 or email artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov to pre-register.
 

Current Exhibit

March 25, 2022 – June 2, 2022

Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy

See recent innovative park designs that build on Olmsted’s legacy in New York City with "Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy", on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Olmsted created a new kind of civil engineering that blended function and beauty, producing sanctuaries that had a profound impact on the cityscape. With renderings, site plans, and photos, the exhibition highlights Olmsted’s New York City projects, a feature on greenways then and now, and a selection of 10 new and reimagined parks that incorporate his design principles, including former industrial sites, waterfront parks, plazas, and neighborhood playgrounds: 

  • Bronx: Hugh Grant Circle/Virginia Park, Concrete Plant Park 
  • Brooklyn: Lincoln Terrace Playground, Sunset Park Playground 
  • Manhattan: Monsignor Kett Playground, Central Park’s Harlem Meer Center (formerly Lasker Rink and Pool) 
  • Queens: Elmhurst Park, Bayswater Park
  • Staten Island: Faber Park, Richmond Terrace 
April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), a pioneering landscape architect famous for his work co-designing Central Park, Prospect Park, and other well-known urban green spaces. From the democratization of public parks to the contouring of landscape and terrain to create a variety of visual experience, Olmsted was a seminal force in the design of our parks and how they are used.

Image: Concrete Plant Park, Bronx, 2009, NYC Parks / Jim Mituzas

a cyclist rides through Concrete Plant Park with features remnants of an old factory near a river

Past Exhibits

January 21, 2022 – March 11, 2022
Please note: the gallery is closed on March 3 and March 4.

The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders

In celebration of Black History Month, "The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders" highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black experience in New York City.

In June 2020, the agency pledged to demonstrate how it stands in solidarity with the Black community in its fight to combat systemic racism. Since then, Parks has named 28 parks spaces to acknowledge the legacies of Black Americans, encourage discourse about their contributions, and work to make the park system more diverse and reflective of the people it serves. The exhibition includes historical and contemporary photographs accompanied by texts detailing the park histories and biographies of the honored individuals.

Image: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Juneteeth Grove

December 2, 2021 – January 6, 2022

39th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Celebrate the holiday season with this quirky and one-of-a-kind exhibition! NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition is back in person at the Arsenal Gallery after going virtual last year. Welcoming the holiday season with a variety of inventive and surprising wreaths, this year’s exhibition includes wreaths by nearly 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used unexpected materials to reinvent the traditional holiday symbol.  

Drawing on timely themes including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, to more personal subject matter, artists this year have created their wreaths using yo-yos, reused sardine cans, bicycle tubes, vintage maps, natural materials, and more.  

Can't make it to the Arsenal Gallery in person? View this exhibition online

Image: Tom Fitzgibbon, Roundabout, 2021, Wood, steel, wire, LEDs, CPU, acrylic, clothespins

colorful painting of plants and flowers in a landscape

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

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

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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