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

Brooklyn

Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I at Clumber Corner, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I
April 29, 2019 to April 28, 2020
Clumber Corner, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Field’s Jax, created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, is a series of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Scattered throughout DUMBO, the sculptures’ lyrical arrangement encourages pedestrians to try to spot the next one and explore the neighborhood. For Field’s Jax, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017. The other two sculptures are located at Front Street at York Street, and in front of Bridge Street on the corner of Prospect and Jay Streets, and exhibited with the NYC DOT Art Program.

This exhibition is presented by the DUMBO BID.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Courtney McCloskey, Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration
April 13, 2019 to April 12, 2020
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration is an artist led, community-generated project that will turn hundreds of broken glass shards into a mosaic celebrating three of Fort Greene’s literary greats—Walt Whitman, Richard Wright, and Marianne Moore. The mosaic depicts a bookshelf containing books that display the titles of famous works by Whitman, Wright and Moore on their spines. The artist worked with students from PS 20, The Greene Hill School, Science, Language & Arts International School and Brooklyn Technical High School to create the mosaic pieces and tiles.

This exhibition is presented by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Funding and support provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Buckhorn Association, UrbanGlass, GasWorksNYC, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council.

Image Credit: Daniele Fraizer, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude, courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude
March 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Ecology Sampler by Daniele Frazier is a 6’ x 10’ handmade flag depicting fifteen notable creatures that live or migrate through Highland Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir in Brooklyn. The flag is flanked by eight additional flags along the yardarm that highlight the silhouettes of local tree leaves. Atop the 30-foot flag pole is an eight-inch-diameter, hand painted earth.

Flags are typically used to mark territories, boundaries, and ownership. In this case, Frazier subverts their normal use by displaying living things and migrating species that do not know or abide by boundaries.

In quilting a sampler is a quilt that does not repeat the same block pattern within its layout – a representative collection of one's technical skillset. In this case, the public artwork is not only a sampler of quilt blocks, but a sampler of the local ecology.

The site for this artwork is on the Atlantic Flyway bird migratory path, and features a large body of water. These two characteristics make this park, which is a protected wetland, a uniquely hospitable ecosystem for migrating birds. There are over 160 bird species that inhabit or travel through Highland Park, in addition to a diverse network of local plants and wildlife. Through educating the community about its unique flora and fauna, Frazier hopes to inspire a new generation of citizen conservationists to keep urban communities safe and clean for all wildlife species.

Image: Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard, courtesy of Public Art Fund, Photo by Nicholas Knight.

Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard
May 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Subliminal Standard, an interactive new commission by Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist Harold Ancart. The artist has constructed a large scale painted concrete sculpture inspired by New York City’s ubiquitous handball courts, which have fascinated Ancart for years because of their unexpected relationship to the history of abstraction. The painting references the traditional boundary lines of the court and the inadvertent abstract compositions created when city courts are repaired and repainted to mask graffiti and weathering over time.

Popularized by early 20th century immigrants to the United States, handball is among the most democratic sports, requiring nothing more than a small ball and a wall to play. The handball court is also the only type of playground that offers a freestanding double-sided wall which, according to the artist, “offers a unique possibility to show painting in a public space.” Ancart’s immersive sculpture will create a place for interaction, while bringing to light the ever-present painterly qualities that inherently exist in the structure of the handball court.  The title of the work poetically references the unintended abstract compositions and patterns created through their use and wear in relation to the standard lines that mark the limits of the playgrounds. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund

Drew Reynolds, North Brooklyn Runners Project
November 2, 2019 to November 9, 2019
McCarren Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This temporary public art exhibition displays portraits of members of North Brooklyn Runners, an all-inclusive community running group with over 1,000 members of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and origins. Artist and professional photographer Drew Reynolds, an active member of North Brooklyn Runners, has produced a series of portraits of fellow runners and NBR members. This location on the park’s iron perimeter fence was selected because it is along the NYC Marathon route. The exhibit shows the amazing diversity of runners in the immediate community and encourages others to participate in sporting activity.

This exhibition is presented by the North Brooklyn Runners.

Image credit: courtesy of The Polish Cultural Institute New York

What Defines Greenpoint Identity
June 24, 2019 to October 31, 2019
Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This exhibition is the second installment of What Defines Greenpoint Identity, with part one exhibited in this park in 2018. Illustrated by contemporary photographs, the exhibition documents recent changes in this diverse, dynamically changing neighborhood. In addition to touching on aspects of city life, from housing and commuting, to shopping and education, it also looks at buildings and institutions that have endured and others that have evolved over the years. The exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Polish-American Diplomatic relations. Content was provided by Geoffrey Cobb and Magdalena Mazurek, with photos by Agnieszka Wilczy?ski and Marzena Giza.

This exhibition is presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Image credit: Roberto Visani, (x) of many children, Courtesy of the artist

Roberto Visani, (x) of many children
October 6, 2018 to October 5, 2019
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:
Roberto Visani’s piece is inspired by the indigenous figurative sculptures of the Senufo people of West Africa as well as the forced migration and relocation of African people and culture in the Americas. Abstracted with 3D modeling software, the two figures will lean against one another as a symbol of togetherness and support.

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

Gan Golan, TimeSeed
August 15, 2019 to September 30, 2019
Thomas Greene Playground, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Timeseed will feature an exhibit of seeds from all over the world, art builds for the Climate Strike, artmaking activities, and neighborhood storytelling. Together with community members, we will create our own "seeds of wisdom" and "seeds of hope" with some of Gowanus' oldest and youngest residents while listening to the stories they bring with them and their vision for the world they are fighting for. These stories will be combined into 3-Dimensional seed sculptures we create together. At the end of the project, the seeds containing our stories will be dispersed into the community as historical archives.

In partnership with ArtBuilt, NYC Parks, Queens Museum, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Arts Gowanus, Textile Arts, Arts & Democracy, NOCD-NY, and Friends of Thomas Greene Park. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, The New York Community Trust and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Chessica Rose, Sandrine Saint Louis, Tarik Lewis, Moving and Living: BMS Art in the Park at Betsy Head
September 20, 2018 to September 19, 2019
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Over twenty vinyl banners hang around the perimeter of Betsy Head Park encouraging park visitors to participate in healthy lifestyles.  Designs by local artists, as well as artworks from BMS at AFROPUNK and BMS Community Painting Activities in Brownsville promote activities like cycling and yoga, as well as mental healthcare.

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 by BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sandro

Sandro "Sen2" Figueroa and James "SEXER" Rodriguez x Chase, US Open Art Courts x Chase
September 18, 2018 to September 17, 2019
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The USTA, in partnership with NYC Parks, commissioned Figueroa and Rodriguez to turn the Highland Park Tennis Courts into their canvas. A block of eight 36-foot courts, designed for youth to learn and play, are part of Art Courts, an extension of the USTA and Chase’s Return the Serve program.

“Sen2,” whose original name is Sandro Figueroa Garcia, is a Puerto Rican self-taught graffiti writer and artist. Since 2001, his artwork has been on display around the globe, exhibiting in numerous solo and group shows in America and Europe. James “SEXER” Rodriguez, has managed to make art his life’s work. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, he began dabbling in cartoons as a youngster, but by the age of ten he was exhibiting his work at Gimbel’s Department Store in Herald Square. 

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