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Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.

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2018

Manhattan

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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.

Image credit: Image courtesy of Hudson Square Connection

Various Artists, Hudson Square: Through Our Eyes
February 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018
Spring Street Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Consisting of photographs taken in the neighborhood around Spring Street Park, this exhibition features the work of students from Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School. Magic Box Productions teaching artist Jon Appel and visiting artist Martin Crook worked closely with the senior students as a photography, documentary team on this project. Magic Box Productions addresses the growing need for exemplary media arts education in New York City’s public K-12 schools, particularly those serving disadvantaged students with limited access to art and technology. The images capture the unique aspects of history, commerce, architecture and other features of the Hudson Square neighborhood. This set of six banners follows a series of ten previously displayed banners from the same program.

This exhibition is presented by Hudson Square Connection and Magic Box Productions.

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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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.

William Logan, Flame
May 15, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Tramway Plaza, Manhattan
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Description:

With a background in architecture and design, William Logan has focused on large scale public sculpture for the past 15 years. Drawing and model-making have been constant endeavors while his experience in engineering and boat-building has given him an intuitive feel for structure. Flame is the result of experimental work with carbon fiber and lightweight structures. The intricate surface texture reflects the laborious effort that went into the fabrication of the piece by hand and allows the piece to catch the light in unexpected ways. The open lattice of the upper element lends the work a diaphanous quality, while its construction in aluminum gives it structure.

Installation view of Darren Bader, such are promises, 2016. On view January 21 – February 20, 2016 at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ

Darren Bader, chess: relatives
May 6, 2017 to April 2018
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

Located on the High Line at 13th Street, New York-based artist Darren Bader’s chess: relatives consists of a large-scale chessboard designed by the artist. Visitors are invited to take part in chess games during open park hours in which they take the place of chess pieces, their positions determined by their familial relationships to others. In order to play, visitors bring a group of 32 people together, who will be “played” by two additional people. Visitors are encouraged to assemble teams with their own friends or family, or to branch out and recruit strangers also visiting the High Line. Referring to the onsite instructions, the group self-organizes according to chess: relatives rules.

Once the group is organized into the pieces they fit into, the two players play the game, moving the human “pieces” as in a standard game of chess. Once the game begins, the players are no longer allowed to ask for clarification on what kind of piece each person represents. As one of the most interactive artworks exhibited on the High Line, chess: relatives will spark new connections, conversations, and debate amongst visitors. The piece also gives visitors the chance to become a part of an artwork that aims to ask more questions about art than it can answer.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

Courtesy of the artist

Suprina, In Someone Else’s Shoes
October 19, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Suprina’s installation titled In Someone Else’s Shoes is a 5’ high shoe that one can sit in, on, or under and imagine what it’s like to literally and figuratively be in someone else’s shoes. The surface of the shoe is a mosaic of objects that any of us might toss away but also binds us together. Viewers and sitters are encouraged to explore the surface with sight and touch to find objects with which they or a fellow sitter might personally relate.  

The New Bench is a series of public art projects in which three artists reinvent the park bench to challenge ideas around parks, communal places and how communities coexist within these spaces. The artists play with materials and structure to encourage conversation across ages and cultures and create a dialogue with the natural and urban environments. 

This exhibition is presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance  and the Art in FLUX.

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Hugh Hayden, The Jones Part II
November 4, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
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Description:
The Jones Part II by Hugh Hayden is part of a body of work that explores camouflage as a means of assimilation into social environments.  The work mimics a park picnic table constructed from rough-hewn fallen trees.  The profusion of branches appear static and unclear, as if they are either growing from the wood or disintegrating.  The branches prevent the picnic table from being used, instead offering a reflection on our relationship with nature as a material resource and the setting of social interactions.

The New Bench is a series of public art projects in which three artists reinvent the park bench to challenge ideas around parks, communal places and how communities coexist within these spaces. The artists play with materials and structure to encourage conversation across ages and cultures and create a dialogue with the natural and urban environments. 

This exhibition is presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance  and Art in FLUX. 

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

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