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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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2018

Citywide

Talking Statues
July 12, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Various Locations

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

Description:

Talking Statues brings together internationally acclaimed authors and actors to give voice to carefully selected statues worldwide. Started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2013 by documentary filmmaker David Peter Fox, the project has since expanded to Helsinki, London, San Diego, Berlin, and Chicago. The New York installation of this project will feature 35 monuments throughout the city’s five boroughs that share stories via smartphones. Signs printed with QR codes will be posted near the participating statues, which will prompt the statue to “call” the visitor. The monuments will “speak” 18 different languages and represent more than 20 nations.

Participating statues can be found in Columbus Park, Continental Army Plaza and Steeplechase Park in Brooklyn; D’Auria-Murphy Triangle in the Bronx; The Battery, Bryant Park, Central Park, Kimlau Square, Riverside Park, Stuyvesant Square and Union Square Park in Manhattan; Athens Square, Columbus Square and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens; and Tompkinsville Park in Staten Island. For a full list and map, please visit www.newyorktalkingstatues.com.

courtesy of NYC Parks

Various Artists, Sing for Hope Pianos
June 4, 2018 to June 24, 2018
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, 51 unique artist-designed pianos are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the city’s five boroughs, including 32 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 to permanent homes 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. 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.

Bronx

Photo credit: Dionisio Cortes Ortega, Sitting Together, courtesy of the artist

Dionisio Cortes Ortega, Sitting Together
July 2, 2018 to July 1, 2019
Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
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Description:

Inspired by the neighboring Bronx Supreme Courthouse, Sitting Together critiques the established proceedings of courtroom cases. The sculptures places the plaintiff and defendant within modified witness stands to encourage empathy and understanding, and redefine how we think of conflict resolution. Color and seating direction in each sculpture address the severity of the conflicts.

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

Image: Evan Bishop, Hip-Hop for Hope! Photo courtesy of the artist.

Evan Bishop, Hip-Hop for Hope!
June 15, 2018 to June 14, 2019
Latinos Unidos Garden, Bronx
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Description:

As an artist born and raised in the Bronx during the ’70s and ‘80s, Bishop was heavily influenced by the emergence of the Hip Hop culture. He worked alongside artists from ArTech, a Bronx-based art studio that is supported by AHRC, a family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives. The artists incorporated their artworks alongside the words: PEACE, UNITY, HOPE and LOVE.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

LAMKAT in collaboration with Laura Alvarez, Untitled
November 5, 2017 to November 4, 2018
Mullaly Park, Bronx

Description:

Through the use of layering, pattern, geometry and the visual suggestion of movement, the collection of murals throughout Mullaly Bikepark strive to aesthetically represent the technical precision and skill necessary to accomplish tricks on and off the ramp. 

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 Mullaly Bikepark with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Image Credit: LAMKAT in collaboration with Laura Alvarez, Untitled, Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of DreamYard

Matthew Westerby and Harold Simmons, Faces of Railroad Park
October 11, 2017 to October 10, 2018
Railroad Park, Bronx

Description:

Through "Faces of Railroad Park," DreamYard artists Harold Simmons and Matthew Westerby, along with David Flores, facilitated conversations with community members about healthy habits that people are already engaged with, discussion around how folks make use of parks and other public open spaces, and participants' thoughts on what they would like to see more of when it comes to their parks and public spaces. Interview subjects were also photographed, and these digital images were printed onto a vinyl material and then installed around the comfort station in Railroad Park. The artists will also release a podcast episode focusing on the project (and featuring interviews with participants). 

DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’ desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. Young people in the Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational pathway. Through offering sustained and meaningful supports, youth will develop the necessary tools to become creative and engaged citizens, life-long learners and the leaders and innovators of the 21st century.

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.

Lady K Fever, Birds Eye View; Soaring; Natural Elements
August 2017 to August 2018
Mosholu Playground, Bronx
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Description:

Painted along the walls of this community playground, this installation consists of three murals by Lady K Fever. Birds Eye View offers a seasonal journey through the eyes of a soaring red–tailed hawk overlooking the park. Located on the park’s entrance ramp, Soaring transforms Bronx skies into a fantastical scene of hot air balloons, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, and ladybugs. Natural Elements presents a narrative of the seasonal life cycle of leaves as well as recognizable flora and fauna like the ruby–throated hummingbird and daylily, Bronx’s official flower.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of Mosholu Parkland.

Various artists, River Rising/Sube el Rio: An Exposition of Science, Art and Technology
June 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018
Starlight Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
“River Rising/Sube el Rio: An Exposition of Science, Art and Technology” in Starlight Park consists of eight sculptures by 15 artists informed by the 1918 Bronx International Exposition of Science, Arts and Industries, which took place on this same site 100 years ago. This is the first major public art exhibition to be located in Starlight Park, a newly renovated park bound by the Bronx River and Sheridan Expressway.

Participating artists include: Infinite Archive Artist Collective (Patrick Perry, Sarah Rowe, and Rachel Sydlowski), River Pulse Artist Collective (Nicolas R. Mariscal, Sarena Rabinowitz, and Cecile Yama) Manuel Acevedo, Nina Edwards Anker, Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Samantha Holmes, Amy Pryor, Moses Ros, Gabriela Salazar, Drew Seskunas, and Caterina Tiazzoldi

Produced by the Bronx River Art Center with site curation by KaN Landscape Design. 

Lovie Pignata, Daylighting
June 20, 2017 to June 19, 2018
Virginia Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Lovie Pignata activates a blacktop with a bold, painted replica of the nearby Bronx River, highlighting the importance of this waterway. She has also installed retired canoes from local non-profits, which will be retrofitted with seating, chessboards, planters, and wayfinding signage.

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

Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, Flying High for Equality
June 20, 2017 to May 20, 2018
Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Inspired by American novelist Richard Bach’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme use oversized, colorful sculptures of the city’s sparrows as a metaphor for the search for equality. Sparrows are creatures of resilience, audacity, intelligence, and beauty that mirror many of the qualities of New York City’s communities.

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

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