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2019

Queens

POOLTIME, Courtesy of the artists

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong & Dev Harlan, POOLTIME
June 9, 2019 to June 8, 2020
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
POOLTIME aims to revive the concept of the Pool as social hub by creating the experience of being in (or under, in this case) the water of the pool. POOLTIME, located at the north end of Meadow Lake, is a public pavilion and series of community programs centered around the rich history of the park as a site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. This public art pavilion pays homage to the historic Aquacade aquatic amphitheater constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair, and reused during the 1964 World’s Fair. Now demolished and largely forgotten, the Aquacade was a large community hub and heart of the park even decades after many of the other World’s Fair attractions had fallen into decay and disuse. This artwork draws awareness to the Aquacade’s social and spatial impact after the conclusion of the World’s Fair as more than just an architectural relic. The artists are interested in the pool’s history as a vibrant site for working-class families to convene, the pool as social hub, and the pool as a carved human intervention adjacent to Meadow Lake.

Amy M. Youngs, Becoming Biodiversity
June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020
Willow Lake
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

An augmented reality app that encourages participants to explore and experience local, ecological networks present in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Cell phones and headphones are used to experience this artwork, which includes mixed-reality animations and storytelling as an overlay to the actual park. The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans empathetically with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.

Fantastic ecologies exist everywhere on earth and at many scales, many of which are invisible to us. This artwork is a guided tour which will allow us to inhabit the worlds of multiple species along the trail, allowing them to become visible and “sense-able” to us. The viewer re-enacts stories from the perspectives of non-humans; playing the part of a plant calling out to a bird to help with pest control, an ant planting spring flowers while simultaneously feeding her babies, an underground fungal network delivering goods to struggling trees, and a cormorant searching for a meal in a man-made lake.

There are 8 scenes, each takes place at Willow Lake, on the South end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The starting point for the app tour is the East entrance of the Pat Dolan Trail.

The free app can be downloaded for iOS or Android. Links here: http://hypernatural.com/bb/

Collaborators include Josh Rodenberg, Danielle McPhatter, and Jayne Kennedy, with additional support from Harvestworks, the New York City Urban Field Station, and the Ohio State University.

Photo Credit: Cern, Yearly Sanctuary, courtesy of the artist.

Cern, Yearly Sanctuary
May 10, 2019 to May 9, 2020
Forest Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Audubon Mural Project enlists artists to paint climate-threatened birds, such as the Chestnut-sided Warbler, Veery, and Wood Thrush shown here in Cern’s mural Yearly Sanctuary. The bird species featured in the Audubon Mural Project are among the more than half of North American birds identified as climate-threatened by Audubon scientists in the 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report.

This project is presented by The Audubon Mural Project, a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Gitler Gallery, with support from the Forest Park Trust and the Dr. E. Lawrence Deckinger Family Foundation.

Image credit: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Respecting Black Women and Girls in St. Albans, Photo by NYC Parks.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Respecting Black Women and Girls in St. Albans
April 12, 2019 to April 11, 2020
Daniel M. O'Connell Playground, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ Public Artist in Residence (PAIR).  A program administered with the Department of Cultural Affairs, PAIR embeds artists within city agencies to address pressing civic issues through creative practice. Fazlalizadeh’s mural features the images of several faces, inspired by local Queens-based women she has met within community conversations, and text capturing the experiences of community members facing the daily indignities of anti-Black racism and sexism. The mural is intended to place, front and center, the voices and images of women of color and challenge societal norms that allow sexism and racism to persist.

This exhibition is presented by the NYC Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Image: Jose Carlos Casado, Community: You never really know your own language until you study another, Courtesy of the artist.

Jose Carlos Casado, Community: You never really know your own language until you study another
April 6, 2019 to April 5, 2020
Rufus King Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Jose Carlos Casado’s installation reflects typical protest posters that people make for different public manifestations. Where protest signs normally reflect someone’s opinion on a matter, Jose's sculptures become unique portraits of people from within the community. Jose worked with 10 volunteers from the community, capturing images of their palms and running these photos through 3D imaging software, creating an abstraction of the hand. As no two palms are alike, these photos capture the uniqueness of a person. The rear side of each structure also reflects the volunteers; they are painted in the pantone color matching that person’s skin tone and include text about the person it represents.

Participation is a key theme throughout Jose public artwork. The volunteers he worked with became an important part of this piece and he plans on donating the individual artworks back to the volunteers once the work is removed from the park. This work also allows a viewer to connect with it through an interactive augmented reality app that Jose designed.

This project is part of Queens Council on the Arts' public art program ArtSite.

Image: Gabriela Salazar; ‘Access Grove, Soft Stand;’ 2019; Courtesy the Artist

Various Artists, The Socrates Annual
October 5, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Each fall Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded the Park’s Socrates Annual Fellowship. Produced on-site in our outdoor studio over the course of the summer, these artworks engage the Park’s unique history, landscape, and surrounding community. For the 2019 exhibition, projects range from a soundscape conflating the sounds of animals and man-made objects to a monument to the invasive Ailanthus plant. Approaches vary among collaborative investigations of authorship and visibility, the re-contextualization of domestic motifs, and the examination of biological material, among many others. Ranging from fantastical to anecdotal to pedagogical, this year’s artists use a variety of narrative strategies. Several artist projects examine storytelling’s many material manifestations, from an homage to a Native American myth in which North America exists on a turtle’s back to a suggestion that a giant has fallen asleep under the Park’s blanket of grass, its exposed nose becoming refuge for a wandering monitor lizard.

Participating artists are recipients of ‘The 2019 Socrates Annual Fellowship’ and were selected by Socrates’ Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, and the Park’s 2019 Curatorial Advisors – Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center and Jennie Lamensdorf, Bay Area Lead at Facebook’s Art Department.The 2019 Socrates Annual artists are Jesus BenaventeTecumseh Ceaser (NativeTec)Martina Onyemeachi Crouch-Anyarogbu (MOCA)Rachelle DangChris DomenickHadi FallahpishehJes FanHadrien Gérenton & Loup SarionPaul KopkauAlva MoosesMarius Ritiu, Martin RothGabriela SalazarLucia Thomé, and Workers Art Coalition (WAC).

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Bennett Lieberman, Color Columns
June 1, 2019 to January 23, 2020
Queensbridge Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Placed along the park’s waterfront pathway near a semicircle of benches, three “color columns” create fortuitous interactions among themselves, and harmonize with the East River and the park’s green foliage. Texts inscribed on the colorful prism facets riff on the poetic and lucid state of mind produced by 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.

Image credit: Courtesy of Josephine Herrick Project

Residents of the Queensbridge Houses, The F-Stop Project: We Are Queensbridge
October 25, 2019 to December 18, 2019
Queensbridge Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Consisting of over 90 images curated by award winning photographer and teaching artist Robin Dahlberg, this exhibition presents the work of over 60 residents of Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses through which they describe their Queensbridge - the people, the spirit and the vitality of this community. The selected images have been printed on vinyl banners hung on the fence lining Vernon Boulevard, directly across the street from the largest public housing development in the country. The F-Stop Project and exhibition aim to challenge mainstream notions about Queensbridge Houses and public housing in general and to give residents the tools and platforms to frame the narrative about their community.

This exhibition is presented by the Josephine Herrick Project. The F-Stop Project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board, Onwards, Photos by Katherine Abbott.

The Noguchi Museum's Teen Advisory Board, Onwards
May 4, 2019 to November 20, 2019
Rainey Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board, led by Sejin Park, collected stories from Long Island City community members on how they advocate for an equitable future by supporting each other as strangers, neighbors, and friends. These stories are displayed on vinyl banners along the fence of Rainey Park.

This project is presented by the Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board and the Long Island City Partnership.

Image credit: Photo by Scott Lynch, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Rafael Domenech, Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria]
July 13, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria] (The Words are Walls [Pavilion for Astoria]) by artist Rafael Domenech is a collectively authored dynamic sculptural “book” project. Scaffolding and construction mesh, provisional materials emblematic of the changing urban landscape, comprise the two semicircular towers of this outdoor piece. The mesh “pages” hanging from the scaffolding feature graphically dynamic laser-cut texts that rotate throughout the exhibition. Domenech gleans these texts from visitors to the Park. In its totality, experimental digital graphic technique and chance composition aggregates into an amalgamation of voices throughout the 16-week exhibition. After the completion of the exhibition, Domenech will produce a book that combines the texts and includes reused elements of the weekly mesh installments. The https://socratessculpturepark.org/exhibition/las-palabras-son-muros/result will be a collection of fragmented perspectives conjoined into a new whole.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park .

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