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Rica Takashima, El Barrio Comes in All Colors, Shapes and Sizes, Flow.15 Art and Music at Randall's Island
May 2015 to November 2015
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Rica Takashima’s El Barrio Comes in All Colors, Shapes and Sizes blends her Manga aesthetic with Puerto Rican colors and motifs inspired by the artist’s exploration of East Harlem’s El Barrio, which is located across the 103rd Street pedestrian bridge from Randall’s Island Park. This female figure, constructed of brightly painted wood, intends to invite visitors to sit and gaze with her across the Harlem River.

She is surrounded by smaller structures that reflect buildings containing her past, present and future life in El Barrio: her birthplace; a café she owns and operates in the neighborhood; and the home of her dream child of the future. A native of Japan, Takashima is inspired by the residents and history of El Barrio, and by the intersection of personal and political action. Her piece invites visitors to join in exploration and appreciation of the vibrant community just opposite the Park’s shoreline.

FLOW.15 is presented by Randall’s Island Parks Alliance, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

Rob Swainston, Who Owns the SkyΑ, Flow.15 Art and Music at Randall's Island
May 2015 to November 2015
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Installed along Randall’s Island Park’s southeastern shoreline, Rob Swainston’s Who Owns the Sky is a large-scale semi-transparent billboard, hand-printed with images of clouds inspired by historic woodcuts and engravings of sky motifs. The viewer can observe their constantly shifting relation to cloud patterns both alongside the frame and behind the translucent fabric. These shifts, according to the artist, evoke and recreate the human quest for direction and meaning in the heavens.

Ownership of the heavens was left to the gods, as depicted in myths, described through religions, and displayed in art. However, with the advent of aerospace technology, constellations have ceded their dominion to planes, no-fly zones and drones. Globalization and global climate change further complicate this story. Who Owns the SkyΑ questions our attempt to assert power over a firmament in which our presence remains transient.

FLOW.15 is presented by Randall’s Island Parks Alliance, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

Juanli Carrion, Outer Seed Shadow #01
June 4, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Duarte Square, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Outer Seed Shadow #01 was conceived by Spanish artist Juanli Carrión in 2012 when after years of living in New York he started to consider permanent residence in the United States. He wanted to revisit the long-established idea of the American “melting pot” and investigate the new realities of immigrant life in 2014, particularly in New York, the most symbolic of immigrant cities. Carrión conducted a series of on-camera interviews with immigrants living throughout Manhattan about their personal experiences of arriving to the city. At the end of the discussion, each interviewee selected a plant that exists both in their country of origin and in the United States, which represents both them and their community in the public garden.

The 1,000 square foot garden is in the shape of Manhattan and features dozens of plants selected by immigrants living in the borough. Placed according to the interviewees’ real-life locations on the island, the plants represent the diversity of the city. The garden will host a series of free public programs beginning June 7 that includes artist-led tours, lectures, hands-on garden workshops and “Open Garden” days. For the complete schedule of programming visit: www.outerseedshadow.org/public-program.

This project is in partnership with the Horticultural Society of New York

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl, Photo Courtesy of Dyckman Farmhouse

Scribble Art Workshop, Inwood Sculpture Crawl
June 21, 2014 to July 13, 2014
Dyckman House Museum, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Wander the Dyckman Farmhouse garden and discover the Scribble Art Workshop sculptures tucked away into this neighborhood oasis. Seven sculptures, including those created with public participation, are on view.

The Inwood Sculpture Crawl is sponsored by Scribble Art Workshop and the NYC Parks. Each of the 10 sculptures installed in Inwood Hill Park and Dyckman Farmhouse was designed by a scribble teacher and created by collaborations of artists ranging in age from 18 months to adulthood. Themes highlight the naturalsurroundings of the urbanInwood neighborhood and focuses on the stark contrast of natural and manmade materials.

This exhibition is presented by Scribble Art Workshop and Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Young Projects,  Match-Maker,  Photograph by Ka-Man Tse

Young Project, Match Maker
February 10, 2014 to March 11, 2014
Broadway and 46th Street
Father Duffy Square, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Brooklyn–based design studio Young Projects was selected to design the 2014 Valentine Heart,Match-Maker, and to oversee its construction in collaboration with Kammetal. Over the last six years the Times Square Alliance has invited architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine’s Day in Times Square. For the 2014 competition, Times Square Arts, in collaboration with Van Alen Institute, selected Young Projects’ Match-Maker out of six design proposals.

Match-Maker cosmically connects people this Valentine’s Day. Guided by their zodiac signs, visitors arrange themselves at twelve viewing points around the heart-shaped sculpture. Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers. The form of the sculpture is elusive, complex and symmetrical, and changes as viewers experience it from different vantage points throughout Times Square. From many points of view it forms a perfect and iconic heart; from other perspectives the sculpture is tangled and perplexing.

This exhibition is presented by the Times Square Alliance and the Van Alen Institute.

Courtesy of First Street Green

World Policy Institute, The 12 x 12 Project
August 6, 2013 to September 1, 2013
First Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The 12x12 Project originated from a book by author and World Policy Insitute Senior Fellow, William Powers. Powers chronicled his season living in a "tiny house" in the 2010 award-winning, national "green living" bestseller: Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin, Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. Inspired by the book, artists Betsy Damon, Simon Draper, Erik Ajemian and Christy Rupp formed a creative team to engage the public in dialogue about how smarter consumption might change their lives - and the planet. The 12x12 installation is a simple space that houses panels containing text and questions from the Twelve by Twelve book. Participants and park visitors to the installation will engage with the question "What's your 12x12Α" in order to spark new thinking around what smart consumption means for each person. Throughout the exhibition there will be a series of artists in residence which will include Ivy Haldeman, Mario Chamorro, Catalina Parra, Pablo Gnecco, Jonathan Koh, and Shawn Shafner.

The installation will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00pm to 7:00pm August 6 through September 1, 2013.

The exhibition is presented by Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), World Policy Institute, and First Street Green.

Saint Clair Cemin, Vortex Rendering, courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Saint Clair Cemin, Saint Clair Cemin on Broadway
September 5, 2012 to January 25, 2013
W. 57th Street to W. 157th Street
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Spanning 100 blocks to various locations along Broadway, Cemin’s monumental mirrored stainless steel sculpture, Vortex, will tower 40 feet high, embodying mankind’s desire for transcendence, whisking up into the clouds all that it reflects on its surface. Along with six additional Broadway malls, stretching to W. 157th Street, Cemin will present sculptures in a range of material. These sculptures include: The Four, 1997, a Corten steel sculpture that longs to be at once both geometric and organic; In The Center, 2002, an ominous archetypical creature existing at the core of our minds; Portrait of the Word Why, 2008, a mirrored stainless steel portrait of one of the most mysterious words in the English language; Aphrodite, 2006, a copper depiction of the ancient goddess in primitive form, representing the female figure simply and hieratically; and The Wind, 2002, a large white marble sculpture which appears like putty, kneaded and manipulated by giant hands.

This project is presented by The Broadway Mall Association in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation and the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District.

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Various, Flow.12 Art and Music at Randall's Island
June 2, 2012 to September, 2012
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan

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

Description:

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (formerly the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event are pleased to present FLOW, a two-part environmental art exhibition on view during the summers of 2011 and 2012 along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park. The project is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. FLOW features ten site specific art projects, five each summer, by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.

FLOW.11 was a great success, fostering a coalition of environmental, musical and artistic partners. Summer park visitors and concertgoers visited the artworks alongside the river, looking out across the city’s skyline. FLOW.12 – this year's exhibition – will be open to the public from June-September, and will feature five new site-specific installations, all reflecting and encouraging interaction with the Park’s history and environment. FLOW.12  includes Gabriela Bertiller’s Glamorous Picnic, Nathan Gwynne’s Famous Faces of Randall’s Island, Michael Clyde Johnson’s Untitled (Two Viewing Rooms, Offset), Laura Kaufman’s Meters to the Center, and Sean Wrenn’s Awakening Asylum.

FLOW has been made possible through a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund (CIF) and through support from Made Event, proud producers of The Electric Zoo Festival, NYC’s largest electronic dance music festival, held annually at Randall’s Island Park.

The FLOW exhibitions express the confluence of art, music and environment at Randall’s Island Park, in the midst of one of the world’s greatest cities.

This exhibition is presented by Randall’s Island Parks Alliance, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

John Cage. One11 and 103, 1992. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

John Cage, One 11 and 103
August 2, 2012 to September 13, 2012
Daily, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the High Line at the West 14th Street Passage, Manhattan
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) celebrate the John Cage Centennial with a special outdoor presentation of Cage's film and sound composition One11 and 103 (1992) at the High Line. One11 and 103 is part of Cage's Number Pieces, a series of works completed during the last six years of his life (1987Α92). The 94-minute film will be in a continuous loop from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily. This screening marks the launch of the new series HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, which will present a program of films, videos, and sound installations in the 14th Street Passage.

One11 and 103 is made up of the film One11, the eleventh work in the Number Pieces series, and the sound composition 103. In this combined piece, abstractions of light travel across and into space created by Cage. Shot entirely in black and white, a camera pans across the blank wall of a Munich television studio, illuminated by soft cloud-like patches of light which drift across the view of the camera. To describe One11 Cage wrote, “One11 is a film without subject. There is light but no persons, no things, no ideas about repetition and variation. It is meaningless activity which is nonetheless communicative, like light itself, escaping our attention as communication because it has no content to restrict its transforming and informing power.”

Of the sound composition 103, Cage wrote, “10 is an orchestral work. It is divided into seventeen parts. The lengths of the seventeen parts are the same for all the strings and the percussion. The woodwinds and the brass follow another plan. Following chance operations, the number of wind instruments changes for each of the seventeen parts." On the High Line, Cage's arrangement in light, darkness, and probability will illuminate the High Line’s passageway at West 14th Street and initiate a series of chance encounters with visitors to the park.

One11 and 103 is presented  by the Friends of the High Line, Electronic Arts Intermix, in coordination with the John Cage Trust.

Katherine Daniels, Tenkenas Sash at Randall's Island Park

Various Artists, Flow.11: Art and Music at Randall’s Island
July 1, 2011 to November 2011
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​FLOW, a two-part environmental art exhibition, will be on view during the summers of 2011 and 2012 along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park. The project is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. FLOW.11 – this year’s inaugural exhibition - features five site-specific art projects: Resident Alien by Andrew Chan; Tenkenas Sash by Katherine Daniels; Hello There, Walking Away From It Ain’t No Fun by Jongil Ma; Hey Poseidon by Gregory Reynolds; and Point of View by Romy Scheroder.

FLOW.11 will be open to the public in conjunction with Bronx Calling! The First AIM Biennial, at the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill. Additional grand opening events and celebrations are planned for Labor Day Weekend, in tandem with the Electric Zoo.
This exhibition is presented by Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

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