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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

Brooklyn

Griselda San Martin, The Wall
August 21, 2018 to December 20, 2018
Anchorage Plaza, Brooklyn
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Description:
A large scale photographic public art exhibition at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian entrance, The Wall is a series of photographic banners that display photographer Griselda San Martin's powerful project about the wall that divides the United States and Mexico. At the juncture of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico, the border wall’s rusting steel bars plunge into the sand, extending 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean, and cast a long and conflicting shadow. The images on the banners were captured in Friendship Park, a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border where families meet to share intimate moments through the metal fence that separates them.

Physical borders create symbolic boundaries that reinforce the rhetoric of “us versus them” and become enduring, permanent features of the geopolitical landscape that send a forceful message of exclusion. By calling attention to the human interactions at Friendship Park, Griselda San Martin attempts to neutralize what this wall was built to create: separation.

This exhibition is presented by United Photo Industries  and the DUMBO BID .

What Defines Greenpoint Identity
June 9, 2018 to November 30, 2018
Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
What Defines Greenpoint Identity, reflects on the footprints generations of immigrants have left in the neighborhood throughout the years. Looking at architecture, social life and nature, it examines how certain landmark buildings have adjusted to the needs of new residents. It highlights institutions that have endured unchanged and remembers some that are long gone. Curated by Magdalena Mazurek with input from Geoffrey Cobb, author of Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past, and Annie S. Hauck, Ph.D., R.D., co-editor of Gastropolis: Food and New York City and author of My Little Town: A Brooklyn Girl’s Food Voice. This narrative illustrates the diversity of cultures living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

This exhibition is presented by the Polish Cultural Institute

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

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.

Image Credit: Fitzhugh Karol, Reaches, courtesy of the artist

Fitzhugh Karol, Searches and Reaches
November 15, 2017 to October 23, 2018
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Located at Grand Army Plaza and Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park, Fitzhugh Karol’s two sculptures of colorful intersecting steel shapes reference familiar silhouettes of stairs and hillsides. Their abstract and playful shapes invite interaction and are a reminder of man’s imprint on the landscape.

Image Credit: Fitzhugh Karol, Reaches, courtesy of the artist

Julia Sinelnikova, Triquetra for Healing, courtesy of the artist

Julia Sinelnikova, Triquetra for Healing
September 30, 2017 to September 29, 2018
Brower Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Triquetra 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.

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.

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