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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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Brooklyn

Julia Sinelnikova, Triquerta for Healing, courtesy of the artist

Julia Sinelnikova, Triquerta for Healing
September 30, 2017 to September 29, 2018
Brower Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Triquerta for Healing is a sculpture that provides a sun-activated light bath to visitors of Brower Park. The artwork aims to bring neighborhood residents of all ages together to enjoy the surprising light effects from the sun. The shapes and color schemes that are present in the artwork represent healing and unity.

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center provides anti-violence programs, youth programs and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods.

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.

East New York: We Walk in a Field of Dreams
June 22, 2018 to August 31, 2018
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.

Image credit: Courtesy of Grimanesa Amor�³s Studio

Grimanesa Amoros, HEDERA
June 5, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
As part of its 40th year anniversary season, BRIC has commissioned HEDERA, a monumental light structure by Grimanesa Amoros. HEDERA, installed at the Prospect Park Bandshell as a special element of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, seeks to intensify the relationship between public space and community through the conversation it generates. Rather than interrupt the natural flow of people and events in the park, HEDERA’s light sequences are meant to reflect and amplify its environment. For its structure, measuring some 40 ft x 40 ft x 24 ft., AmorÃ?³s took inspiration from the form of the Bandshell and the natural beauty and grandeur of the park's landscape. This public artwork is on view during The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. 

This exhibition is presented by BRIC.

Deborah Kass, OY/YO
July 11, 2017 to July 10, 2018
North 5th Street Pier and Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Walking the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation, Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass mimics and reworks the signature styles of iconic 20th century, often with a feminist twist. OY/YO is sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression. OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work since its first appearance in 2011, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. In a provocative gesture, OY/YO, measuring 8 x 17 x 5 ft and painted bright yellow on aluminum along the Williamsburg waterfront, is visible from Manhattan’s skyscrapers including the Empire State Building.

This exhibition is presented by Paul Kasmin Gallery and Douglaston Development.

Blythe Cain, Circadia
June 20, 2017 to June 19, 2018
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Circadia is an interactive luminescent sculpture and seating system made from concrete and glow-sand, which will act as a guide to the park entrance. Resembling a historic building foundation, Circadia also mimics the park’s rolling hills and natural rhythms found in nature.

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

Musa Hixson, The Conversation Sculpture
June 20, 2017 to June 19, 2018
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Musa Hixson’s steel sculpture includes several stools enclosed within a flower-shaped frame, which provide a space for intimate conversation in the public park. The sculpture’s horticultural form references the park’s mature landscape.

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

Image courtesy of Liz Sales

Jane Manus, Danielle
June 12, 2017 to June 11, 2018
Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Jane Manus’ strongly geometric aluminum sculptures, personally welded by hand, draw their primary inspiration from the angularity and structure of architecture. With the play of its cheery, vibrant yellow paint and a dynamic use of negative space, Danielle transforms its surroundings and inspires an interactive viewing experience. The sculpture’s angular lines and joyful hue spring forth from the green lawns and trees surrounding it.

Image courtesy of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Amanda Patenaude, One Map of Many Moments
July 3, 2017 to May 25, 2018
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

One Map of Many Moments is an artist led, community generated project that transforms trash into inspiring public art by turning hundreds of broken glass shards collected from Fort Greene Park into a mosaic map of the park. Drawings from park visitors depicting everything from historic figures of Fort Greene to the current day activities and horticultural wonders of the grounds are sprinkled throughout the map. Each piece of the larger whole offers a contemplative view of our neighborhood’s waste and deep dedication to our park and highlights the role of community in preserving urban green spaces.

This exhibition is presented by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Conrad Stojak, 4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area
July 30, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Linden Sitting Area, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area consists of four decommissioned parking meters, each outfitted with a small diorama of linden trees throughout the seasons. The meters pay homage to the trees that this small park is named after. These works are part of an ongoing series of work, The Parking Meter Project, by artist Conrad Stojak. Stojak works with obsolete New York parking meters, many of which can be found out on the city streets and in warehouses, by upcycling them into public works of art. Each one is an individualistic, self-contained micro-world depicting New York City scenes in the form of urban dioramas that are community specific.

Manhattan

Image Credit: Kathleen Granados, Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Kathleen Granados, Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album
August 11, 2018 to August 10, 2019
Harlem Art Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album is located in an invaluable community park and neighborhood, now facing increased gentrification. The installation highlights historic moments and contemporary culture with photographs that the artist collected from various residents, community organizations, institutions, and NYC Parks’ photo archive. Granados digitally scanned the photographs and transformed them into laser etchings on colorful Plexiglas that are interwoven into the grid of the park’s trellis. Park visitors become part of the artistic narrative as they look into additional mirrored tiles, viewing both the moments depicted and their own reflection. New images will be added to the trellis throughout the year.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Art in the Parks: Active Open Space is a partnership between NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in collaboration with the Fund for Public Health in NYC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to activate park space with health-inspired art installations that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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