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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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2018

Bronx

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

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

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

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

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.

David Flores, Nueva Bronx: 21st Century Families
August 15, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Railroad Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, Queens Museum and NYC Parks invite local residents to visit “Nueva Bronx: 21st Century Families” in Railroad Park with resident artist David Flores!

"Nueva Bronx: 21st Century Families” aims to show that family, in all of its beautiful forms, stands as a cornerstone of the human experience, creating intersections between past, present and future and simultaneously weaving larger connections in the community. David Flores will bring free family portraiture to Railroad Park and the greater Morrisania neighborhood with on-site photography, printing, display and digital sharing. Parents, children, elders, extended family and friends are all encouraged to participate in the making of formal images and leave with a large format print of themselves, free of charge. Flores’ project is his response to recent nationalist movements that have attempted to remove and erase familial representations of immigrants, promoting a racist, xenophobic and criminalized gaze on new comers to the United States. “Nueva Bronx: 21st Century Families” pushes back against this flawed lens by celebrating and promoting the image of families. Project partners include WHEDco, DreamYard and The Bronx Defenders.

Schedule your family portrait in Railroad Park by visiting dflo.com/nueva-bronx

ArtBuilt Studio in the Park is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. 

Lady K Fever, Birds Eye View; Soaring; Natural Elements
August 2017 to August 2018
Mosholu Playground, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

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.

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.

Brooklyn

Image credit: Roberto Visani, (x) of many children, Courtesy of the artist

Roberto Visani, (x) of many children
October 6, 2018 to October 5, 2019
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Roberto Visani’s piece is inspired by the indigenous figurative sculptures of the Senufo people of West Africa as well as the forced migration and relocation of African people and culture in the Americas. Abstracted with 3D modeling software, the two figures will lean against one another as a symbol of togetherness and support.

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

Chessica Rose, Sandrine Saint Louis, Tarik Lewis, Moving and Living: BMS Art in the Park at Betsy Head
September 20, 2018 to September 19, 2019
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Over twenty vinyl banners hang around the perimeter of Betsy Head Park encouraging park visitors to participate in healthy lifestyles.  Designs by local artists, as well as artworks from BMS at AFROPUNK and BMS Community Painting Activities in Brownsville promote activities like cycling and yoga, as well as mental healthcare.

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 BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sandro

Sandro "Sen2" Figueroa and James "SEXER" Rodriguez x Chase, US Open Art Courts x Chase
September 18, 2018 to September 17, 2019
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The USTA, in partnership with NYC Parks, commissioned Figueroa and Rodriguez to turn the Highland Park Tennis Courts into their canvas. A block of eight 36-foot courts, designed for youth to learn and play, are part of Art Courts, an extension of the USTA and Chase’s Return the Serve program.

“Sen2,” whose original name is Sandro Figueroa Garcia, is a Puerto Rican self-taught graffiti writer and artist. Since 2001, his artwork has been on display around the globe, exhibiting in numerous solo and group shows in America and Europe. James “SEXER” Rodriguez, has managed to make art his life’s work. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, he began dabbling in cartoons as a youngster, but by the age of ten he was exhibiting his work at Gimbel’s Department Store in Herald Square. 

Photo credit: Omari Maynard and Shamony Gibson, Healing On Fertile Ground, Courtesy of Artfulliving

Omari Maynard and Shamony Gibson, Healing On Fertile Ground
October 22, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Canarsie Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Healing on Fertile Ground is a multi-component public art exhibition. Paintings by community members are installed along Schenck Street, and depict different cultures uniting under the landmark arches of the Canarsie Pier. The existing planter boxes were painted, and a mural of a Native American headdress was placed in the gazebo to represent the indigenous people of what is now Canarsie. A life-size figurative sculpture made out of tape and polyurethane signifies the hard work the community has invested into rehabilitating this plot of land.

This exhibition is presented by Arfulliving, in partnership with GreenThumb, Canarsie Neighborhood Alliance, and Building Healthy Communities, funded through the Fund for Public Health NYC.

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