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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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2017

Brooklyn

Untitled, photo courtesy of ISCP

Maartje Korstanje, Untitled
November 2, 2016 to January 27, 2017
Olive Street Garden, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Untitled is part of the group exhibition The Animal Mirror, on view nearby at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). Korstanje’s site–specific installation consists of five sculptures and continues her investigations into the way art can intervene in the processes of the natural world. The sculptures are made from a mix of natural and human-made materials and are designed to serve as attractive homes for solitary bees. Unlike domesticated bees, solitary bees live alone, rather than in collective hives. Designed as much for use by the garden’s natural fauna as they are for the enjoyment of its human visitors, the sculptures will alter with the changing of the seasons.

Korstanje–a Dutch artist whose mother is a beekeeper–began her involvement with bees in 2006 in the midst of the first scientific reports of colony collapse disorder, in which a large number of honeybee colonies in North America and Europe suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. Traced to the use of industrial pesticides, among other causes, this phenomenon still poses a serious threat to agricultural production in the world, where bees play an essential role in pollinating many crops. Korstanje’s installation is meant to visually suggest swarming masses of insects, while the incorporated bamboo sticks and their hollow interiors also provide ready-made nesting grounds.

This exhibition is presented by International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).

Manhattan

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me
November 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018
Howard Bennett Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me is a colorful 30-foot landscape along the fence at Howard Bennett Playground. The installation depicts the imagined journey of a coqui, a small frog native to Puerto Rico known for its unique call, and his journey to New York. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections. 

This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by El Museo del Barrio with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Image Credit: Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower
October 6, 2017 to October 5, 2018
Union Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitro—an invention of Chihuly Studio—is the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient. Chihuly first used Polyvitro crystals in the composition “Crystal Mountain,” a 40-foot sculpture featured in the artist’s landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.

Dale Chihuly is an American artist known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. Over his 50-year career, the artist has become known for his iconic glass sculptures and ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world.

Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Atlas of the Third Millennium
November 10, 2017 to October 1, 2018
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Atlas of the Third Millennium represents the cross-section of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It is a "universe" of stars celebrating actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Atlas of the Third Millennium pays homage to and renews the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative .

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

East Harlem at Play, Courtesy of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano, Jeremy Vega, East Harlem At Play
October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018
White Park, Manhattan
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Description:
The White Park Art Wall is a collaborative effort by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a scene of sport, art and community, and embody the energy of the park and surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem native. He is surrounded by colorful images of park and street scenes. 

East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and Friends of Art Park Alliance. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections. 

This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Courtesy of the artist

Samantha Holmes, Hell Gate Cairns
August 20, 2017 to August 11, 2018
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Description:

Hell Gate Cairns is a series of stacked stone pillars, or cairns, that stand watch over the western coastline of Riverside Park. By focusing on the forms of natural stone, the piece draws attention to the boulders that line the waterfront, remnants of the great earthmoving projects of the 20th century that cleared the city’s waterways, including the perilous “Hell Gate”. The monument’s placement at the water’s edge recalls these feats of human engineering, while further calling upon the cairns’ symbolism as an ancient sign of treacherous waters. Their verticality a reflection of the nearby skyline, the Hell Gate Cairns aim to embody the human impulse to imaginative construction – stacking stones first in play, then as architecture.

Naomi Lawrence, Magnolia
June 21, 2017 to June 20, 2018
Anibal Aviles Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

Through her colorfully crocheted, intensively worked, and oversized flowers, Naomi Lawrence believes that small artistic gestures can lead people into a new imagination about their home environment. She uses ubiquitous chain-link fences to frame color and texture in surprising ways, creating interaction between fiber, color, fence, sidewalk, and passing pedestrians and validating under-recognized and unappreciated corners of neighborhoods. At Anibal Aviles Playground, she created a giant magnolia–a seasonal Parks flower–which was installed in June. A crocheted hibiscus tree to be installed on the fence of J.H.S. 054 Booker T. Washington across the street in September, following a series of community workshops to make the leaves.

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, Constellation
June 20, 2017 to June 19, 2018
Seward Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Constellation is an architectural sculpture, performance, and panel series that activates the underused plaza in Seward Park as a transformative community public space. The site-specific sculptural pavilion is composed of interlocked wooden modules that will be re-arranged and transformed seasonally in three different configurations over the course of the exhibition.

This exhibition was made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

Capucine Bourcart, LINOUQ
June 20, 2017 to June 19, 2018
Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan
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Description:

From 2008 to 2012, Capucine Bourcart walked every street in Manhattan, from State Street to 220th Street, taking photographic details of walls along her route. This collection of photographs is used to create a photo-assemblage made of 4,170 metal squares that hang from a chain link fence in a design inspired by those of Native Americans’, the island’s first inhabitants.

This exhibition was made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

Leonard Ursachi, What a Wonderful World
June 26, 2017 to May 15, 2018
Tribeca Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Romanian artist Leonard Ursachi’s “What a Wonderful World” is a large, egg-shaped sculpture woven from branches, on which a world map has been sketched with pigmented cement. It has two recessed embrasures, each inset with a stainless steel mirror. The form and woven branches evoke nests, birth, history, and nature, while the map may be read as humanity’s trace. The title can be interpreted as ironic, cautionary, or celebratory, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Ursachi’s art often addresses the impact of people and their governments on the earth, in addition to examining the impact of borders on individuals and societies.

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