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Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.

Celebrating 50 Years of Art in the Parks

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Art in the Parks program! Visit more than 50 public artworks currently on view in our parks, and celebrate with us at our upcoming anniversary events!

Celebrate 50 Years of Art in the Parks

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Phyllis Sanfiorenzo, Atabey's Land Haven, photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Art Students League, Model to Monument (M2M)
June 12, 2014 to May 15, 2015
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of seven sculptures on view along Riverside Park South from 59th to 69th Streets.

The sculptures were created by an international team of selected League students during a nine-month program. The pieces for this exhibition explore “The Architecture of Nature.”  The artists are: Laura Barmack, Janet Fekete-Bolton, Ana Sofìa Martì, Lindsay McCosh, Phyllis Sanfiorenzo, Natsuki Takauji, and Minako Yoshino.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Benat Iglesias Lopez The Bathers photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Art Students League, Model to Monument (M2M)
June 2013 to May 2014
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America's premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of eight sculptures on view along Riverside Park South from 59th to 72nd Streets. The sculptures were created by an international team of selected League students during a nine-month program led by master sculptor Greg Wyatt. The pieces explore "The Function of the Public Square: Role and Responsibility of the Artist Relative to Riverside Park South." The artists are: Sherwin Banfield, John N. Erianne, Reina Kubota, Beñat Iglesias Lopez, Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz, Anne Stanner, and Morito Yasumitsu.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Roberto Franzone, Red Arches, courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation

Art Students League, 2nd Annual Model to Monument (M2M)
June 22, 2012 to May 2013
59th to 72nd Streets
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

In its second consecutive year, The Art Students League of New York’s “Model to Monument” program will return to Riverside South with seven new sculptures designed by its students. These accomplished artists, though quite varied in their chosen themes and media, are addressing the over-arching theme of flux.  This emerged naturally during the course of discussions about what the participating artists find unique and inspirational in the public space of Riverside Park. Included in the exhibition are Sequoya Aono, Roberto Franzone, HakSul Lee, Damien Armondo Vera, Olga Rudenko, Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, and Renata Pugh.

A collaborative installation created by the team is also on concurrently on view in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The sculpture titled, Mask, by M2M’s previous roster, has been altered- revamping the object into a new work they call, BioMask- a more tree like version of last year’s monumental sculpture.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program and the Riverside Park Fund.

Fabian Marcaccio, The Fall

Various Artists, Studio in the Park
May 2006 to September 2006
West 72nd to West 145th Streets
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
This outdoor exhibition features site specific works by eleven contemporary artists: Orly Genger, Robert Greenberg, Elana Herzog, McKendree Key, Mischa Kuball, Emil Lukas, Fabian Marcaccio, Alexis Rockman, Kenny Scharf, Gary Simmons, and Steed Taylor. Two works will fill tunnels; one sits on the water, and another on the grates covering the railroad tracks. The project is curated by Karin Bravin of BravinLee Programs and is presented by the Riverside Park Fund in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Image courtesy of Artbuilt

ArtBuilt, Studio in the Park: Citizens of Earth
October 3, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Led by artist Nick Kozak, Citizens of Earth is the sixth residency of the Studio in the Park program at the Queens Museum. It is an interactive, performative installation centered on creating junctions for participants to find common ground through the process of unveiling their immigration stories, ancestry, and history. A select group of NYC public school students will help activate the piece by engaging with participants and guiding the conversation towards identifying as a global citizen. Through this process, participants are also encouraged to take part in the creation of a one-of-a-kind global passport, which is completely free of charge. As participants leave the installation, the passport becomes a personal memory of their participation in a world far greater than the borders of the land(s) we inhabit.

The Studio in the Park residency takes place in a 150 square foot purpose-built mobile studio situated adjacent to the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This exhibition is presented by ArtBuilt and the Queens Museum.

Justin Bennett and Matthea Harvey, Telettrofono part of stillspotting nyc
Saturdays and Sundays, July 14 - August 5, noon to 7:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 5:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
​EXPERIENCE TELETTROFONO: A STATEN ISLAND WATERFRONT SOUNDWALK

This summer, discover the stories, sounds, and silences of a mythical mermaid on Staten Island with a new site-specific commission by sound artist Justin Bennett and poet Matthea Harvey. In a 90-minute audio walking tour along the waterfront, discover the true story of Antonio Meucci, the  unacknowledged inventor of the first telephone (1871), and the hidden story of Meucci’s wife Esterre, who was rumored to be a mermaid who left the water for land due to her love for sound. These self-guided tours will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and continue through the neighborhoods and parks, including Lt. Lia Memorial Park and the Fort Hill Park.

Telettrofono is the fourth edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the city’s five boroughs.

BIKE TOUR

Visitors wishing to travel by bicycle to stillspotting nyc may take advantage of an additional free self-guided cycling program that highlights issues of silence and noise around the neighborhoods of Randall Manor, New Brighton, St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Clifton, and Rosebank, and directs participants out to places such as the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and the Alice Austen House.

CREATE YOUR OWN STILLSPOT

Where do you find peace and stillness in the cityΑ Plot your own place of quiet and respite on our interactive Google map for stillspotting nyc. Create your own stillspot and discover new ones throughout New York City, and the world at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org/create-your-own .

Learn more about past and future editions at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org

TICKETS
$12, $10 members, FREE children 12 and under. Includes map and iPod in exchange for a photo ID.  Advance registration strongly recommended. Purchase online at www.stillspotting.guggenheim.org/visit/staten-island  

This exhibition is presented by the Guggenheim Museum.

Copyright Nina Katchadourian, courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark gallery

Nina Katchadourian, Monument to the Unelected
November 5, 2016 to November 13, 2016
Lefferts Historic House
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This temporary installation, consisting of 58 signs bearing the names of the losing candidates from every presidential election in American history, coincides with this year’s presidential election, and once the results are official, it will eventually include a sign with the name of the loser of the 2016 Presidential Election. At the moment when the country is deeply preoccupied with a major national election, Monument to the Unelected serves as a reminder of the country's collective political road not taken. It does not reflect any particular political viewpoint or endorse any particular party. It has been exhibited during two past presidential election cycles, usually spanning the time before and after the election.

Katchadourian was originally commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Art to create a new work around the time of the 2008 presidential election and became interested in the plastic election signs sprouting up around Scottsdale. The signs struck her as an American tradition of sorts and with an aesthetic all their own. Each sign was made in a contemporary design vernacular, even if it advertised a candidate from a previous century. None of the signs are designs that were used in the candidates’ actual election campaigns. Many of the signs borrow directly from the designs of signs in Scottsdale; others were modeled on signs in other parts of the country. All the signs are printed using similar commercial production methods as common election signage.

This exhibition is presented by the Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. The Prospect Park Alliance will present a mock election and programming for youth at the house on Election Day. For more information on this event and the exhibit itself, please visit prospectpark.org/electionday.

Photo by Jessica Stack, courtesy of Sing for Hope

Various Artists, Sing for Hope Pianos
June 6, 2017 to June 25, 2017
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

In one of New York City’s most vibrant public art installations, 62 unique artist-designed pianos are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the city’s five boroughs, including 35 in NYC Parks, for anyone and everyone to play. For three weeks this June, the pianos will bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope will transport the instruments in NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come. This year, Sing for Hope will place its 400th unique piano artwork in the five boroughs, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world. As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year. For more information and a list of locations visit Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos website.

This exhibition is present by Sing for Hope.

Courtesy of the artist

Suprina, In Someone Else’s Shoes
October 19, 2017 to February 16, 2018
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Suprina’s installation titled In Someone Else’s Shoes is a 5’ high shoe that one can sit in, on, or under and imagine what it’s like to literally and figuratively be in someone else’s shoes. The surface of the shoe is a mosaic of objects that any of us might toss away but also binds us together. Viewers and sitters are encouraged to explore the surface with sight and touch to find objects with which they or a fellow sitter might personally relate.  

The New Bench is a series of public art projects in which three artists reinvent the park bench to challenge ideas around parks, communal places and how communities coexist within these spaces. The artists play with materials and structure to encourage conversation across ages and cultures and create a dialogue with the natural and urban environments. 

This exhibition is presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance  and the Art in FLUX.

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