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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

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: MADSTEEZ, Madsteez x Mountain Dew, Image courtesy of the artist.

MADSTEEZ, Madsteez x MTN DEW
October 19, 2018 to October 18, 2019
West 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ is known for his vivid, large-scale, multi-layered paintings, where strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. His artistic approach is influenced by being almost blind in one eye, where he sees only abstractions and lines of colors, most notably reds, purples, and oranges, which appear frequently in his work.

This exhibition is presented by Mountain Dew. 

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Jose Carlos Casado, I Don't Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me...
October 21, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The title of this new site-specific work is inspired by writer and activist Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and reflects the artist’s deep respect for the black female experience and the personal connection to Angelou he found while reading her life story. Created out of 150 archival printed aluminum morphed into unique sculptures, no two individual pieces are the same. The sculpture becomes interactive when another dimension is revealed with an augmented reality app, which can be called up using a QR code posted on nearby signage.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Council Member Bill Perkins. Additional support provided by Materials for the Arts.

Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Kim Dacres & Daniel A. Matthews, Peaceful Perch
October 21, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Peaceful Perch is a figurative bust-like sculpture: resonating as female, sitting elevated as an honored monument of watchfulness. The sculpture embodies the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair: reflected within the neighborhoods of Harlem. Kim Dacres utilizes recycled motorcycle tires, layering them to reinterpret the features and hair of a woman, reimagined and accented with gold paint and enamel. By collaborating with artist Daniel Matthews, Dacres elevates the bust so that she sits as an honored monument of watchfulness.

This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance Public Art Initiative. Additional funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation, SWAB Reuse and Repair administered by Citizens Committee for New York City. Rubber materials were donated by Harlem Bolt Bike Shop.

Image: Migrations, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Jessie Novik, Migrations
August 9, 2018 to September 8, 2019
Jacob H. Schiff Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

Migrations spans the retaining walls that line the central walkway of Jacob H. Schiff Playground in Hamilton Heights. As part of the Audubon Mural Project, this mural raises awareness about birds that are impacted by climate change – in particular, the following four threatened species: Bank Swallow,  Common Redpoll, Northern Shoveler, and the White-faced Ibis.

Migrations was completed through a rich collaboration among volunteers of the Jacob H. Schiff Playground Neighborhood Association; Paid Youth Apprentices and Teaching Artist Jessie Novik with Creative Art Works; and The Audubon Mural Project/Gitler& Art Gallery.

Folk Art on the Broadway Malls, courtesy of the Lincoln Square BID

Lincoln Square BID, Folk Art on the Broadway Malls
October 15, 2018 to August 30, 2019
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Folk Art on the Broadway Malls, a new initiative that is part of the Lincoln Square BID’s signature and ongoing Streetscape and Beautification program, is a community-based temporary public art project that will beautify the Broadway Malls between 60th and 70th streets.

Inspired by textile works from the American Folk Art Museum’s (AFAM) permanent collection, the Lincoln Square BID, AFAM and volunteers from New York Cares installed murals using stencils at seven Broadway Malls in the Lincoln Square BID’s boundaries, recreating works of art that represent the very best of the neighborhood. Mural locations include: 60th street (the “gateway” to the Malls), 63rd street (both sides), 64th street (northern side), 67th street (both sides), and 70th street (south side, the BID’s northern boundary).

This exhibition is presented by the Lincoln Square BID and the American Folk Art Museum.

Image courtesy of the artist

Sarah E. Brook, Viewfinding
September 4, 2018 to August 22, 2019
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Description:

Viewfinding is a public art installation and queer poetry collaboration by New York-based artist Sarah E. Brook in Riverside Park South. It is a dimensional painting, interactive light sculpture, and a haven for private reflection. Brook’s sculptures and installations utilize translucency, layering, color gradients and architectural references to investigate the relationship between expansive external and internal (psychic) space, exploring how vastness can dismantle limiting narratives of being. Viewfinding consists of five wooden trapezoidal components, installed one behind the next and connected by a meandering bench that mimics the river nearby and interacts with the sun setting over the Hudson River. Strips of cast acrylic are fixed within each trapezoid, painted in gradations of color that progress from rich blue to fiery pink, referencing the color progression of a sky at sunset. On the bench are a series of 26 acrylic panels engraved with short works by queer poets—selected through an open call--on the theme of transformation and self-actualization.  Visible to viewers who engage closely with the work, the text will provide rich and varied entry points into the piece.

Contributing poets range from not-yet-published students to Lambda Literary Award winners (all poet bios on the project website).

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