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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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Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower
October 6, 2017 to October 5, 2018
Union Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitro—an invention of Chihuly Studio—is the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient. Chihuly first used Polyvitro crystals in the composition “Crystal Mountain,” a 40-foot sculpture featured in the artist’s landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.

Dale Chihuly is an American artist known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. Over his 50-year career, the artist has become known for his iconic glass sculptures and ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world.

Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Atlas of the Third Millennium
November 10, 2017 to October 1, 2018
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Atlas of the Third Millennium represents the cross-section of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It is a "universe" of stars celebrating actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Atlas of the Third Millennium pays homage to and renews the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative .

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

East Harlem at Play, Courtesy of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano, Jeremy Vega, East Harlem At Play
October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018
White Park, Manhattan
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Description:
The White Park Art Wall is a collaborative effort by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a scene of sport, art and community, and embody the energy of the park and surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem native. He is surrounded by colorful images of park and street scenes. 

East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and Friends of Art Park Alliance. 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.

Photo Credit: Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, ARMORS, photo by Azhar Kotadia

Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, ARMORS
May 9, 2018 to September 12, 2018
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan
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Description:

This site-specific project in the park’s Cloisters Lawn, created by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, features three androgynous, humanlike figures in dialogue with suits of armor cast from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

The androgynous figures central to ARMORS are made to represent the general human psyche rather than a distinct sex or ethnic identity. Though the installation’s incorporation of armor unavoidably references the current global prevalence of war, ARMORS isn’t principally about any one war or even the concept of war. Rather, it uses the suit of armor as an iconographic tool; a collective symbol of guardedness and power standing antithetically to—yet in curious dialogue with—the nude, open spirit of the humanlike figure.

Image credit: © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo: Rashmi Gill

Diana Al-Hadid, Delirious Matter
May 14, 2018 to September 3, 2018
Madison Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Delirious Matter is comprised of six new sculptures will be installed across Madison Square Park’s central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool. Two wall works combine with rows of hedges to form a room suggesting the elegiac beauty of deteriorating structures nestled into plant material. Three reclining female figures, titled Synonym, sit on plinths displayed on the surrounding lawns. In the Park’s reflecting pool, a site-specific sculptural bust of a female figure is perched atop a fragmented mountain. Al-Hadid is best known for creating work using traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and processes in unfamiliar ways that pivot amongst architecture, figuration, and abstraction. Despite the eroded appearance, the process is additive. Delirious Matter is Diana Al-Hadid’s first major public art project. It is also the first project by the artist and the first Conservancy commission to unite sculpture with plant materials.

This exhibition is presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Bennett Lieberman, Color Columns
April 1, 2018 to August 24, 2018
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Description:
Interspersed among benches in the park, three “color columns” create fortuitous interactions among themselves, and harmonize with the grey, green, brown, and silver of the plaza. Associated texts inscribed on the colorful prism facets riff on the poetic and lucid state of mind produced by New York’s chill air, the joyous winter and spring festivals, and the epicyclic movement from one season into another. The prism facets are inspired by the luminous arrays of elegantly designed paint chips found in local hardware emporia and home furnishing mega-stores alike. When paired with their given names, these color groups present perfect opportunities to develop brief narratives or small poems that draw us deeper into the experience of color. The chromatic fields, especially in large format, add a physical dimension, like song lyrics, to the experience of language.

Courtesy of the artist

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.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

John Raymond Mireles, Neighbors Project
May 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018
First Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Over the past three years, artist John Raymond Mireles has worked to unite Americans across their geographic, racial, political, cultural and other differences by photographing individuals from all 50 US states and publicly exhibiting their portraits. Mireles connects with his subjects up close and enlarges the resulting portraits to larger-than-life scale in order to encourage viewers to intimately relate to and empathize with their fellow residents of the United States of America. This exhibition contains 86 portraits of individuals from all 50 US states plus Washington, D.C. Included also are several portraits taken in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City where Mireles lives and works.

This exhibition is presented by First Street Green .

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.

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