Art in the Parks

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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2019

Queens

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Yvonne Shortt and Mayuko Fujino, Functional Bodies
June 9, 2018 to June 8, 2019
MacDonald Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Functional Bodies is a community engaged project involving students from PS99, Seniors from Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior Center, Friends of MacDonald Park, and RPGA Studio. Incubated by social sculpture artist Yvonne Shortt, it is focused on creating collaboratively with local communities to prompt more people to volunteer in their park. The sculpture consists of a dog and girl, both with body parts designed for gardening. In addition to these pieces the sculpture also consists of several flowers created by people in the community from ages 11 to 85+.

Amanda Long & Tommy Hartung, Rainbow Mural, photo by Aanchal Bakshi

Amanda Long & Tommy Hartung, Rainbow Mural
May 26, 2018 to May 25, 2019
Forest Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Rainbow Mural is a colorful reclamation of the concrete barrier at the Forest Park Greenhouse Playground near the historical carousel. A pixelated rainbow pattern animate the masonry and contrast with the natural green of the forest. The vivid paint transforms the wall from a mundane structure into a vibrant colorful marker for the play area. In addition, sections of the mural include chalkboard color blocks which can be activated by children throughout the exhibition. Rainbow Mural is a community art project. Volunteers of all ages guided by artists Amanda Long, Tommy Hartung and Friends of Forest Park painted the Rainbow Mural using vivid paints and a hand-drawn grid.

Funding for the Rainbow Mural was generously provided by the New York City Council Parks Equity Initiative and a Capacity Fund Grant.

Image caption: David Maisel, â??The Lake Project 62 (detail),â? photo by Sara Morgan, courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

David Maisel, The Lake Project 62 (detail)
October 7, 2018 to March 24, 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:

David Maisel’s Billboard, The Lake Project 62 (detail), is cropped from a photograph within a series of aerial images of a California lake that traces the changes of human intervention on the site. It expands Socrates’ imperative to present art that examines land use and environmental sustainability. While its subject, Owens Lake in California, is geographically and ecologically distinct from the Park’s own New York City waterfront location, the Billboard acknowledges global trends of water scarcity, air contaminants, and environmental destruction that can be caused by unregulated land-use issues pertinent to the Park. This otherworldly landscape can be a site of reflection for contradictions and our complicity in the face of looming environmental destruction. As the word ‘detail’ in the title suggests, Owens Lake is only a small element in the larger picture of the planet’s degradation.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Image caption: Leilah Babirye, “Tuli Mukwano (We Are In Love),” courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Various Artists, The Socrates Annual
October 7, 2018 to March 24, 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:

Each year Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. The Socrates Annual, 2018 exhibition does not adhere to a specific theme but rather presents the diversity of processes, material approaches, and subjects that comprise the most compelling public art practice today. For the 2018 exhibition, projects range from a decolonial greenhouse to audio-sculptural portraits of Queens hip-hop legends. Approaches vary among community-centered pedagogy and production, material experimentation, and redeployment of historical forms of construction, among others. The 2018 Artist Fellows join the ranks of over 300 artists who have received grants for producing work at Socrates since the Park’s first grant in 1995 and the formalization of the Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2000.

Participating artists, whose diverse range of medium include mosaic, cast concrete, glass, and painting, were selected by the Park’s 2018 Curatorial Advisors: Connie Choi, Associate Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Alex Fialho, Programs Director, Visual AIDS. The 2018 Socrates Annual participating artists are Leilah Babirye, Sherwin Banfield, Amy Brener, Lionel Cruet, Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert, Ronen Gamil, Jesse Harrod, Carlos Jimenez Cahua, Leander Mienardus Knust, Antone Konst, Joiri Minaya, Nicholas Missel, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Nancy Nowacek, and Joe Riley and Audrey Snyder.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

MADSTEEZ, BTN x MADSTEEZ Basketball Court, image courtesy of the artist MADSTEEZ: Mark Paul Daren

MADSTEEZ, BTN x MADSTEEZ Basketball Court
February 28, 2018 to February 27, 2019
Triborough Bridge Playground B, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
The BTN x MADSTEEZ Basketball Court brings color and life to an existing court that lacked vibrancy. The design splits the court into East and West Divisions, 7 schools in each, and uses the two main colors of each school. The mural covers the full basketball court and extends outside the court lines offering a blue sideline.

Staten Island

Lina Montoya, The Immigrant Journey -- Past Meets Present (Mural)
October 8, 2019 to October 7, 2020
Arrochar Playground, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This mural, depicting waves, mountains and stars, is a companion artwork to the  expansive fence installation above it. Together, the mural and the fence installation are a tribute to the immigrant communities of all times and an homage to New York Harbor. The fence installation is the result of a Residency Program with artist Lina Montoya and Sundog Theatre at P.S 39, a public school directly adjacent to this playground. The residency’s theme was cultural immigration and Ellis Island history, and the resulting design was inspired by the Staten Island Ferry and the boats that came to Ellis Island full of people.

Supported by Council Member Steven Matteo through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative grant awarded to Sundog Theatre, Inc. for artist Lina Montoya and PS 39 students.

Image courtesy of Sundog Theatre

Sundog Theatre, Inc. with Lina Montoya and students from PS 39, The Immigrant Journey – Past Meets Present
July 13, 2019 to June 12, 2020
Arrochar Playground, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This expansive fence installation is the result of a Residency Program with artist Lina Montoya and Sundog Theatre at P.S 39, a public school directly adjacent to this playground. The residency’s theme was cultural immigration and Ellis Island history, and the resulting design was inspired by the Staten Island Ferry and the boats that came to Ellis Island full of people. The central image is a large boat full of butterflies. The iconic Statue of Liberty is included in the design, as well as an airplane and a square figure in the lower right corner that references the southern border, an "open wall." This piece is a tribute to the immigrant communities of all times and an homage to New York Harbor.

Supported by Council Member Steven Matteo through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative grant awarded to Sundog Theatre, Inc. for artist Lina Montoya and PS 39 students.

Image Credit: James Merlis, Harbor Block, courtesy of Mariners Harbor Parks

James Merlis, Harbor Block
September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Mariners Harbor Playground, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
At Mariner’s Harbor Playground the sense of community has been rebuilt around family activities and youth recreation. For residents, this park has been a safe haven, meeting ground, sports complex, clubhouse, and as a place of neighborhood regeneration. Harbor Block celebrates the area’s unified efforts to enliven this park, and its excitement for the future.

This project is presented by Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks

Labyrinth Arts Collective, Walk This Way: Imagining My Staten Island
July 1, 2019 to August 14, 2019
Stapleton Waterfront Park, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, Queens Museum and NYC Parks invite local residents to visit Labyrinth Arts Collective for their Studio in the Park residency.  “Walk This Way: Imagining My Staten Island” is a series of creative workshops to celebrate the diversity of Staten Island residents in relationship to the waterfront and the link between its unique people, and their distinct and diverse neighborhoods. This project focuses on various genres of art-making such as storytelling, song, apparel, literature, food, and traditions, and how we all connect now to the ever changing waterfront. Project partners include Staten Island Arts Council, Staten Island Urban Center, Canvas Institute/IslandVoice, and YouthBuild SI/JMT Media. Visit Labyrinth Arts Collective for full schedule of workshops.

ArtBuilt Studio in the Park is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. 

Image Credit: Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps, courtesy of the artists

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps
July 30, 2018 to July 29, 2019
Tappen Park, Staten Island
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps, a grouping of five unique sculptures, create a playful forum for reading, recreation, performance, and public interaction. Like hopping along a series of rocks in the landscape or finding that perfectly shaped stone to rest and take a seat, Frezza and Chiao aim for the works to invite viewers to engage with the art as they might engage with nature.

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

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