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 credit: Image courtesy of Mosholu Preservation Corporation

Ruth Marshall, Power Flowers
June 27, 2022 to June 26, 2023
Bronx Park, Bronx
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Description:

"Power Flowers” is a vibrant temporary art installation that brightens and beautifies the entrance to Bronx Park at Webster Avenue and 204th Street. Consisting of circular medallions that are individually designed to resemble flowers or actually based on flowers, they were created using the handcraft technique of crochet. The crocheted medallions are multi-colored and densely worked, thereby creating an explosion of color which will be seen from a long distance.

This exhibition is presented by Mosholu Preservation Corporation.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Nike

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Nike.

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Bronx River Alliance

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist

Noa Bornstein, Peace Gorilla
August 15, 2022 to August 14, 2023
Newtown Barge Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:
Cast in bronze in 2020, this sculpture was originally created by Brooklyn-based artist Noa Bornstein out of sisal fiber and burlap in structolite and plaster over an armature of wire mesh and plumbing sections. The sculpture is mounted on a low concrete base inscribed with the word for ‘friend’ in 90 languages—beginning with the six official languages of the UN — all learned or verified with speakers of the languages over the last year. It was previously displayed across the East River in Dag Hammarskjold Park in 2020. For additional/interactive content please visit: peacegorilla.noabornstein.com.

Image credit: courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Reset, Reflect, Rebuild
August 19, 2022 to August 14, 2023
Bush-Clinton Playground
Red Hook Recreation Area, Brooklyn
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Description:

The youth photographers who contributed their work to this exhibition were a part of a program organized by the Red Hook Community Justice Center in partnership with the Red Hook Recreation Center. Students learned about photography basics and techniques and how to document their lives, interests, and the world around them. The students re-learned how to take a deep breath in and appreciate the world around us. 

This exhibition is presented by the Red Hook Community Justice Center, Red Hook Recreation Center, and Photoville.

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Eirini Linardaki, Έγειραν / Raised_The Floating Playground
July 19, 2022 to April 15, 2023
Owl's Head Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Raised_The Floating Playground in an assemblage between handmade rafts and playground toys. Inspired by the park’s position overlooking New York Bay, the sculpture reflects on migration by sea and humankind's inherent nomadic condition. Eirini Linardaki draws inspiration from her childhood playtime, creating vessels from household objects, referring to family displacement at a crossroad between ephemeral construction and a life-altering journey.

The project was created under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports, The Red Sand Project, and SHIM Art Network.

Photo courtesy of NeighborhoodStat Team

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

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

Rachel Garber Cole, The Warmest Years on Record: an oral history of life on a warming planet
June 4, 2022 to December 15, 2022
Various sites, Brooklyn

Description:

“The Warmest Years on Record” explores the emotional, psychological, and sensorial experiences of living in the climate crisis. During the summer and fall of 2021, the artist spoke with community gardeners across Brooklyn who shared stories about how global warming affects the personal and practical aspects of their daily lives.

“The Warmest Years on Record” is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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Image credit: Photo by Julie Thompson, courtesy of Photoville

Karen Zusman, The Super Power of Me
July 14, 2022 to October 17, 2022
Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
The Super Power of Me Project is a Brooklyn-based, NYC community arts initiative, which includes a photography exhibit along with free poetry workshops. It is a multi-site, public art exhibit where the children’s poems are displayed alongside their portraits throughout NYC, celebrating the strength and imagination of children of color and young immigrants and creating a testament of who they are before anyone tells them otherwise. 

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Manhattan

Photo credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

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

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

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

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Various Artists, Our Voices
August 29, 2022 to August 28, 2023
Alexander Hamilton Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

The CITYarts Our Voices mural is infused with the rich musical tradition and diverse culture of West Harlem. The borders contain personalized details by youth participants — small squares that tell the world about their identities, wishes, and dreams. 

This exhibition is presented by CITYarts.

Image caption: Bharti Kher, Ancestor, 2022, Courtesy the artist; Hauser & Wirth; Perrotin; Nature Morte, New Delhi; and is in the collection of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York City, September 8, 2022â??August 27, 2023. Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

Bharti Kher, Ancestor
September 8, 2022 to August 27, 2023
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Bharti Kher connects New Delhi and New York City with this nearly eighteen-foot-tall bronze universal mother figure, her most ambitious artwork to date. Its source is a miniature statue from the artist’s “Intermediaries” series, assembled by recomposing broken clay figurines. Kher finds these small objects in second hand markets in India, where she moved in 1992 after being raised and educated in the United Kingdom. This colossal sculpture reflects Kher’s cross-cultural identity and her appreciation for India’s rich material culture. She is an empowered force fostering a diverse community – a hybrid figure whose symbolic references to multiculturalism and plurality embody the possibility of an interconnected space of belonging and care.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Various Artists, Monte de Flores
August 10, 2022 to August 9, 2023
Montefiore Square, Manhattan
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Description:

This mural was created by twenty-nine NYC residents between the ages of 16 and 24 as part of a Creative Art Works (CAW) Public Art Youth Employment program. To ensure that the themes of the mural truly reflect the neighborhood, CAW youth apprentices surveyed community representatives and local residents. After an extensive period of brainstorming, sketching and color studies, every member on the team contributed ideas that were incorporated. Figurative elements include street musicians, a child smelling a flower, domino players, jazz musicians, and a young woman absorbed in a good summer book. The result is a love letter to Hamilton Heights.

This exhibition is presented by Creative Art Works.

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

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

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

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

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

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

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

Image credit: Image courtesy of the artist

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

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

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

R. Todd Drake, Peace Pole
September 2, 2022 to March 2, 2023
Stuyvesant Square, Manhattan
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Description:

This simple but moving community involved project offers positive opportunities to reaffirm Peace. The Peace Pole movement is decades old and consists of a simple vertical white post with writing on all sides in multiple languages. Each inscription says, "May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

This exhibition is presented by Penington Friends House and Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association.

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo credit: Photo by Raul Tovar

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

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

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

This exhibition is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Image credit: Photo by Casey Kelbaugh, courtesy of The Armory Show

Juan Capistrán, Sundown
September 8, 2022 to December 8, 2022
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Juan Capistran’s text-based sculpture Sundown (2021–2022), presented by CURRO, is rooted in the context of "sundown towns" and redlining across the United States. Sundown towns, also known as sunset towns, are all-white municipalities or neighborhoods in the United States that practice a form of racial segregation by excluding non-whites. This work takes the form of a quaint, large-scale greeting sign that welcomes viewers with a picturesque sunset landscape painted within the letters forming the words “get out." 

This exhibition is presented by CURRO in partnership with the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance for Armory Off-Site.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

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

This exhibition is presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Photo credit: courtesy of Faces of Harlem

Various Artists, FACES OF HARLEM
August 6, 2022 to November 30, 2022
Morningside Park, Manhattan
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Description:

This is the second edition of Faces of Harlem, an outdoor photography exhibition commemorating Harlem and its beautiful everyday people. It includes 100 photographs by ten contemporary photographers, as well as three youth photographers, that capture more personal images of Harlem neighbors and present them in Morningside Park. The collective group of images moves from the street to indoors with the aim of rebuilding connections that were lost during the past years of physical isolation. By documenting Harlemites in their intimate spaces, the audience is provided a deeper look into family life, creativity, work, faith, relationships, and love within the community.

This exhibition is presented by Faces of Harlem.

Image credit: Image courtesy of the artist

J Maya Luz, Good Neighbors
September 2, 2022 to November 30, 2022
Anibal Aviles Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

Good Neighbors preserves the memory of a place in anticipation of inevitable change by engaging residents and local businesses by making portraits with short interviews. These are the people and places that make up a shared environment: the place where we eat, sleep, shop, and “do” all the most basic rituals of living; this place is completely familiar in its light, sounds, smells and sights. These are people where we share the most significant space - the space that we call “home”.

The exhibition on the park’s fences is in conjunction with an installation on the playground-facing wall, which includes images from the Good Neighbors series, a painted canvas of a city-scape, a memorial image of the playground’s namesake Anibal Aviles, and figures of children and tree leaves.

Photo credit: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney

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

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

Photo credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Jaime Miranda-Bambaren, Seeds (13 Moons)
June 21, 2022 to November 1, 2022
Thomas Paine Park, Manhattan
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Description:

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

Image credit: Courtesy of Sculptors Guild

Various Artists, Back to the Garden
April 24, 2022 to October 30, 2022
Between Broome Street and Hester Street
Allen Street Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Installed in several locations on the Allen Street Malls between Broome and Hester Streets, this group exhibition features four artworks by five artists addressing themes of nature. Artists include Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, and Michael Wolf.

This exhibition is presented by Sculptors Guild.

Image credit: Photo by Jon Lopez, Courtesy of NBPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Durant, Untitled (drone)
June 7, 2021 to October 1, 2022
The High Line Spur at West 30th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

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

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

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

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

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Queens

Image: photo by Nicholas Knight, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Joiri Minaya, From the Marooned Picturesque Series (Socrates)
July 18, 2022 to September 30, 2023
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Description:

The Park’s teen group, Socrateens, has curated the Broadway Billboard after conducting studio visits with a line-up of recent Socrates artist alumni. After studio visits with each artist and reviewing proposals, teens selected the work by Joiri Minaya from her series The Marooned Picturesque. Socrateens Jessica Reynoso and Tasfiya Mubasshira note about the work: “It evokes the universal experience of remembering snippets of a place and has a dreamy quality fitting to New York City.” This collaboration provides a unique opportunity for teens and future art workers to participate in the curatorial and exhibition process, and deepens our relationship with artists dedicated to the Park.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Image caption: Courtesy of Project Backboard

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Neufs for Hawaii
August 23, 2022 to August 22, 2023
Murray Playground, Queens
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Description:

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds is an artist and an advocate for indigenous communities worldwide. He works in multidisciplinary forms of art. His expressions focus on indigenous social justice, and on the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual.

“Neuf” is a Cheyenne word that means doing something four times as in a ceremony in the four directions. The paintings acknowledge the Cheyenne nation and celebrate it by applying varying colors to evoke the landscape, fish swimming, or bodies moving across the canvas from left to right. These paintings were created on Oahu.

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

Image credit: Courtesy of Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Eric Black, Queens Reflections
August 17, 2022 to August 16, 2023
Daniel M. O'Connell Playground, Queens
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Description:

Created by local artist Eric Black, this mural pays tribute to the contributions to iconic people who have made Southeast Queens their home. It represents a wide variety of individuals whose legacies have shaped a variety of fields, including sports, entertainment, literature, and civil rights, beyond Queens.

This exhibition is presented by Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning with funding from Councilmembers I. Daneek Miller and Nantasha Williams.

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Mark Saldana, Somos Uno
July 7, 2022 to July 6, 2023
Travers Park, Queens
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Description:
Mark Saldana's art is inspired by the traditional practices of the many cultures that make up this community, especially the contributions of immigrants. This series of 12 colorful, vibrant murals represent the connection and harmony of vegetation, the natural world and humans, as well as the traditional practices of immigrant families and workers in Queens. 

This exhibition is presented by New Immigrant Community Empowerment.

Photo: courtesy of RPGA Studio

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

Photo: courtesy of RPGA Studio

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

Image credit: Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Steven Paneccasio

Jamana Manna, Middle Ghost
September 17, 2022 to April 17, 2023
P.S. 1 Greenstreet at Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens
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Jumana Manna’s Middle Ghost (2022) extends the artist's exhibition at MoMA PS1 into the cityscape with a new sculpture on view in the Greenstreet and public plaza at the museum's main entrance. On view through April 17, 2023, Jumana Manna: Take, Break, Erase, Tally marks the artist's first major museum exhibition in the US and features a new large-scale installation of her Cache series, which includes this sculpture. These works take inspiration from the form of the khabya, a once-common structure for grain storage in rural homes across the Levant, exploring tensions between preservation and ruination, a theme running through Manna’s multidisciplinary practice. Middle Ghost marks the first public artwork organized by PS1 in the public plaza.

This exhibition is presented by MoMA PS1.

Image: Daniel Shieh, Passafe to TOI-700 d (the New World), photo by Audrey Melton, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Various Artists, The 2022 Socrates Annual: Sink or Swim: Climate Futures
September 10, 2022 to March 12, 2023
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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This year, Socrates asks artists to consider the present-day ecological conditions and challenges that our globe faces. We are at once on the tipping point of irreparable ecological devastation and at the dawn of a new age of Green politics and technologies. While a global phenomenon, climate change does not impact all equally. The costs are greater borne on disadvantaged groups with less political power—those in developing countries, women, the young, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, and those without access to capital.

How can we address the urgency, enormity, and challenges of climate change without falling into melancholy or paralysis? How do the matrices of race, gender, and class intersect in this Green future? What can we do to mitigate eco-anxiety surrounding these many simultaneous demands for global change? What can we learn from historically vulnerable, but thriving communities that can help us navigate this challenge?

Artists in this exhibition include Cheyenne Concepcion, Sean Desiree, Koyoltzintli, Randi Renate, and Daniel Shieh. 

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

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

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Cikuska/Teatrino Giullare, Tales
August 20, 2022 to December 8, 2022
Hunter's Point South Park, Queens
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These arising characters are dedicated to the Italian poet and playwright Giuliano Scabia who wrote: "It is with love that masks sometimes reappear, but as soon as they are recognized they take refuge in the shadow from which they came. They keep the nests of dreams warm ".

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Savannah Lauren

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

Staten Island

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

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

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