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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

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

East New York: We Walk in a Field of Dreams
June 22, 2018 to June 21, 2019
Success Garden, Brooklyn
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Description:

As part of an inaugural collaboration to integrate the arts into civic life called CivLabs, Arts East New York and the New York City Department of City Planning (Brooklyn) have teamed up to activate Success Garden on Livonia Avenue in East New York. Artists Walis Johnson and Paul Sue Pat collaborate to create East New York: We Walk in a Field of Dreams, a socially engaged multi-media art installation that incorporates community oral histories, a labyrinth walk and sculptural creations. It explores the past and future of East New York, a predominantly African-American and Puerto Rican middle and working class neighborhood in Brooklyn long neglected by the city, now on the verge of enormous change as a result of city rezoning. It considers neighborhood history, hopes and dreams and the persistence of residents and institutions who have served as community place-keepers and healers in spite of many obstacles.

Working sustainably with materials already present in the garden the artists create an interactive sculptural “shrine” that incorporates East New York oral history recordings by Sarita Daftary-Steel from her East New York Oral History Project of the neighborhood’s vibrant immigrant past, the destructive practices of redlining, block-busting, and economic exclusion. The shrine becomes a place for reflection in preparation to walk the Red Line Labyrinth using thematic prompts to focus the mind and heart in meditation. Created from old shoes, The Labyrinth, poetically embodies footsteps of a resilient people who have come, gone or still reside in East New York. As people emerge from the Labyrinth, they enter into a new space, a field of tall grasses and flowers that speak of hope and with luck, a brighter future. Participant reflections are collected and displayed in the garden rain shed.

Photo credit: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Fence Weaving, Michael Piña

Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Fence Weaving
June 16, 2018 to June 15, 2019
Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine (Mildred Belte and Oasa DuVerney) has created a yearlong installation in conjunction with the exhibition Nou La – We Reach! Their weaving addresses multiple narratives around migration and immigration, as well as address the history of Brooklyn as a site of settler colonization. The woven message “Stories Tell Of Loss Each New Land Allows New Dreams” acknowledges the Indigenous population that lived in Brooklyn and how that history exists alongside the story of early Brooklyn migration and the stories of the current immigrant populations in the borough.

Part of Brooklyn Arts Council's Nou La--We Reach! program, supported by the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center. This project is presented with the Wyckoff House Museum.

Martynka Wawrzyniak, Ziemia
June 9, 2018 to June 8, 2019
Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Ziemia (“Earth” in Polish) is a public art project created by artist Martynka Wawrzyniak in collaboration with the Greenpoint community. The ceramic orb is glazed with a mixture of clay excavated in Greenpoint as well as soils contributed by participating residents from places that are symbolically representative of their identities, including: the United States, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, France, Japan, Serbia, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Mexico, and Namibia. The sculpture serves as a collective portrait of the community. It is also a cultural locus focused on the social and ecological history of the neighborhood.

The meadow is composed of species which date to the pre-colonial times. Meaningfully, the same species can be found in the Polish countryside. Soils from foreign countries which were used in the ceramic glaze were imported with an official USDA Soil Importing Permit and Heat Treated at Lehman College of CUNY.

This exhibition is presented with the Polish Cultural Institute and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

Meg Minkley, Fiesta Forever, Image courtesy of the artist

Meg Minkley, Fiesta Forever
June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019
Powers Street Garden, Brooklyn, Brooklyn
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Description:
?Fiesta Forever celebrates the beginnings of Spring and the fun of Summer and honors the re-birth of color in the city. The mural is illustrative of the vast collection of flowers that bloom throughout New York City from Spring all the way through to Summer.

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.

ASKEW ONE, Artwork Inspired by The Last O.G. on TBS, Photo by Jason Elbourne

ASKEW ONE, Artwork Inspired by The Last O.G. on TBS
April 17, 2018 to April 16, 2019
Marcy Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:
A newly refurbished basketball courts and an artistic mural at Marcy Playground include new asphalt, four new polycarbonate backboards, and a mural designed by artist ASKEW ONE, recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art. 

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Tamara Johnson, Picnic
June 24, 2018 to March 20, 2019
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
?This sculpture was made specifically for Maria Hernandez Park and the surrounding Bushwick community. The familiar picnic scene symbolizes the gathering, relaxing and sharing we experience with friends and family. This hand-cast concrete picnic serves as a tribute to those symbols, turning a temporary happening into a static monument for participation and contemplation.

Picnic is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Image Credit: William Ellis, People of the Sun, Image courtesy of the Artist

William Ellis, The People of the Sun
December 12, 2017 to November 29, 2018
Lincoln Terrace / Arthur S. Somers Park, Brooklyn

Description:

The People of the Sun includes four metal sculptures along the pathway and entrances to the Lincoln Terrace Park. Each of these sculptures will function as rotating artistic billboards. Throughout the 2018 spring and summer seasons, The People of the Sun will cycle through new banners that feature themed artwork from local artists as well as celebrated members of the community. In an effort to foster holistically healthy lifestyles in the community, the monthly banners will also provide wellness instruction such as suggested exercises, stretches, healthy living tips.

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

Photo Courtesy of BMS Family Health & Wellness Centers.

Building Mind, Body, and Spirit: BMS Art in the Park at Howard Playground
November 3, 2017 to November 2, 2018
Howard Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:
Twenty panels painted by Katya Joseph (K4Kreative), Chessica Rose, Jade Miranda (Jem Stone), Mathamatics Patterson, and Jazmine Hayes line Howard Playground’s fence. The works are part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

Image Credit: Photo Courtesy of BMS Family Health & Wellness Centers.

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