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2018

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.

Harumi Ori, I am Here@Thomas Jefferson Park, 113 Street and 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY
July 10, 2018 to July 9, 2019
Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Harumi Ori folds and sews orange industrial mesh, a sacred color in Japan, to create three dimensional snapshots. Using photographs she took of parkgoers as inspiration, she has created a vibrant 30 foot portrait of the park out of mesh. Her layered folds convincingly render the shape and volume of people and their surroundings. The installation both documents and celebrates the surrounding community’s diversity.

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

Photo credit: Rebecca Manson, Come Closer and the View Gets Wider, courtesy of the artist

Rebecca Manson, Come Closer and the View Gets Wider
July 9, 2018 to July 8, 2019
Tribeca Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Thousands of handmade, glazed porcelain parts join together in an eight-foot orb for artist Rebecca Manson’s first public installation, Come Closer and the View Gets Wider.

Come Closer and the View Gets Wider is a sphere of tiny porcelain sculptures, each an intimate, bone-like shape, adhered and supported by an elaborate system of aluminum and epoxy. Comprised of innumerable parts which on their own may appear insignificant, the structure celebrates the idea that small things together amount to something impactful; a monument to collective consciousness.

Manson’s work stretches the limits of ceramics, challenging preconceived notions regarding fragility. “My work uses ceramics as a metaphor for the individual and societal body,” says Manson. “This sculpture was informed by the process of working with clay, a nature that wants to collapse. For me, ceramics is tied to personal resilience and rebuilding in the face of adversity.”

Image courtesy of the artist.

Karla & James Murray, Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.
June 20, 2018 to June 19, 2019
Seward Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Karla and James Murray’s wood-framed sculpture consists of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, which are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape. Images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand recognize the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses.

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

Image credit: courtesy of NYC Parks.

Maren Hassinger, Maren Hassinger: Monuments
June 16, 2018 to June 10, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:
In Maren Hassinger; Monuments, the eight sculptures on view respond to the landscape of Marcus Garvey Park. Hassinger considers the natural environment a site of hope and potential, a place of equality, where humanity has a shared purpose of stewardship and understanding. According to Hassinger, "Within nature, we are equal." Maren Hassinger: Monuments transforms Marcus Garvey Park into a space both physical and psychological and prompts the audience to consider the place of nature in their lives. Each of the eight sculptures is meant to provide a contemplative moment, one that invites multiple responses that call forth memories or associations for those who encounter them.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist.

Kathy Ruttenberg, Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake
April 27, 2018 to April 24, 2019
Dante Park and Broadway Malls from 64th Street to 157th Street
Dante Park, Manhattan
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

Photo credit: Photo by Liz Ligon, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Phyllida Barlow, Prop
May 17, 2018 to March 25, 2019
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

For the High Line, Barlow presents a new iteration of a sculpture presented outside the British Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, re-imagined for the High Line. Throughout her career, Barlow has constantly revisited works to reconfigure them, often in consideration of a new context. The work consists of two large concrete panels, with holes cut from their centers; set on stilts, the work appears like a character teetering among the planks at its base and emerging from the planting beds below. The sculpture stands on a railway spur at 16th Street that used to run directly into a refrigerated warehouse immediately north of Chelsea Market, formerly a Nabisco cookie factory. As with much of Barlow’s oeuvre, the work points to the area’s industrial past and how architecture, like art, is perpetually cannibalized from one generation to the next. Barlow’s work will be the first artwork ever presented on the Northern Spur Preserve, a location that allows for unique views both from the High Line and the avenue below.

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.

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