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2018

Manhattan

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Kathy Ruttenberg, Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake - Snail's Pace
April 27, 2018 to April 24, 2019
96th Street
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:
The six large-scale, figural sculptures in this exhibition mark the internationally known artist Kathy Ruttenberg's first major outdoor sculpture installation. Ruttenberg is admired by critics and curators for her fantastical narrative sculptures that combine human, animal, and plant forms. Taken out of the gallery and onto the streets, her characters embrace even greater significance as they interact with the urban environment. Ruttenberg has painstakingly studied the sites along Broadway, and her carefully placed polychrome players blur the lines between dream and reality. In the Broadway malls installation, she explores a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting. The interaction between color, form, opacity, transparency, and light itself as an artistic medium highlights the inherently theatrical nature of the visual storytellerâ??s art. The sculptures are on display at Dante Park and Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street. This exhibition is presented by Broadway Mall Association.

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Kathy Ruttenberg, Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake - Topsy Turvy
April 27, 2018 to April 24, 2019
117th Street
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:
The six large-scale, figural sculptures in this exhibition mark the internationally known artist Kathy Ruttenberg's first major outdoor sculpture installation. Ruttenberg is admired by critics and curators for her fantastical narrative sculptures that combine human, animal, and plant forms. Taken out of the gallery and onto the streets, her characters embrace even greater significance as they interact with the urban environment. Ruttenberg has painstakingly studied the sites along Broadway, and her carefully placed polychrome players blur the lines between dream and reality. In the Broadway malls installation, she explores a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting. The interaction between color, form, opacity, transparency, and light itself as an artistic medium highlights the inherently theatrical nature of the visual storyteller’s art. 

The sculptures are on display at Dante Park and Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street.

This exhibition is presented by Broadway Mall Association.

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Kathy Ruttenberg, Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake - Fish Bowl
April 27, 2018 to April 24, 2019
157th Street
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:
The six large-scale, figural sculptures in this exhibition mark the internationally known artist Kathy Ruttenberg's first major outdoor sculpture installation. Ruttenberg is admired by critics and curators for her fantastical narrative sculptures that combine human, animal, and plant forms. Taken out of the gallery and onto the streets, her characters embrace even greater significance as they interact with the urban environment. Ruttenberg has painstakingly studied the sites along Broadway, and her carefully placed polychrome players blur the lines between dream and reality. In the Broadway malls installation, she explores a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting. The interaction between color, form, opacity, transparency, and light itself as an artistic medium highlights the inherently theatrical nature of the visual storyteller’s art. 

The sculptures are on display at Dante Park and Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street.

This exhibition is presented by Broadway Mall Association.

Image caption: Rendering of Sable Elyse Smith, C.R.E.A.M., 2018, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Various Artists, Agora
April 19, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Multiple locations
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:
Agora is a group exhibition that looks at the role of art in defining, creating, and using public space. For centuries, artists have used public locations—and the public in general—as the heart of for their work. The exhibition looks at the power of art to change society, the role of art in public space, and whether art can be a form of protest. Artists working in public often take a political tone, mobilizing the public for social and political change, and for the possibility of realizing an alternate future. On the High Line—a public space and a natural platform—nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.

Artists who are part of this exhibition include Maria Thereza Alves, Andrea Bowers, Mariechen Danz, Pope.L, Duane Linklater, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Marinella Senatore, Timur Si-Qin, and Sable Elyse Smith.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

Image courtesy of the artist

Judith Modrak, Our Memories
May 1, 2018 to March 15, 2019
Thomas Paine Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Our Memories is an evolving audience participatory installation. Recognizing the need to record one's personal experience, these neuron-inspired sculptures contain cavities in which participants place a color-coded "memory stone". The memory stones are classified into six emotive categories: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. This active act of recollection not only stirs up personal memories, it also physiologically generates a new collective memory. The Our Memories project is both a larger memorial piece, made complete by thousands of individual memories from people all over the world, and an experience that connects us to our core and to one another.

Rendering of Dorothy Iannone, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2014. Courtesy the artist, Air de Paris, and Friends of the High Line.

Dorothy Iannone, I Left My Lamp Beside the Golden Door
March 5, 2018 to February 28, 2019
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:
Dorothy Iannone’s mural features three colorful Statues of Liberty. Between them runs the words, “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door,” which is the final line from Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus,” the ode to the freedom promised by immigration to America engraved on a bronze plaque mounted inside the statue at Liberty Island. Iannone’s piece was conceived before the recent months of upheaval in the United States around immigration, an already contested topic; these recent debates have raised the Statue of Liberty anew as a symbol of the openness of New York City and the United States to those seeking asylum, freedom, or simply a better life. Iannone’s vibrant Liberties bring a bit of joy to an often exhausting and demoralizing political debate.

This exhibition is presented by High Line Art.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist.

Kathy Ruttenberg, Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake
April 27, 2018 to February 24, 2019
Dante Park, Manhattan
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Description:
?The six large-scale, figural sculptures in this exhibition mark the internationally known artist Kathy Ruttenberg's first major outdoor sculpture installation. Ruttenberg is admired by critics and curators for her fantastical narrative sculptures that combine human, animal, and plant forms. Taken out of the gallery and onto the streets, her characters embrace even greater significance as they interact with the urban environment. Ruttenberg has painstakingly studied the sites along Broadway, and her carefully placed polychrome players blur the lines between dream and reality. In the Broadway malls installation, she explores a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting. The interaction between color, form, opacity, transparency, and light itself as an artistic medium highlights the inherently theatrical nature of the visual storyteller’s art. 

The pieces are on display from on Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street.

This exhibition is presented by Broadway Mall Association.

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me
November 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018
Howard Bennett Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me is a colorful 30-foot landscape along the fence at Howard Bennett Playground. The installation depicts the imagined journey of a coqui, a small frog native to Puerto Rico known for its unique call, and his journey to New York. 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 El Museo del Barrio with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Image Credit: Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

Image Credit: Adam Pendleton, Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter, Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery

Pendleton, Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter)
May 1, 2018 to November 1, 2018
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:
?Adam Pendleton’s monumental Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter) (2018) is planted on the bank of NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island near what is now officially called Scylla Point – noted on historical maps as “Negro Point”, positioned close to Hell Gate – where the East and Harlem Rivers meet. Previously exhibited at the Venice Biennale’s Belgian National Pavilion in 2015, the new, larger scale flag dances over its new territory, indexing unlikely correlations: state-sanctioned violence and Modernist abstraction, the street march and the Bauhaus, Negro and Scylla. 

Image caption: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture (SG) I
March 7, 2018 to October 14, 2018
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, the 23-foot-tall Wind Sculpture (SG) I will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities.” This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series and continues Shonibare’s ongoing examination of the construction of cultural identity through the lens of colonialism. The work creates an opportunity to reflect on social issues, including the movement of people and ideas across borders and the role of monuments in heterogeneous societies. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

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