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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Photo credit: Courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2020
September 17, 2020 to March 30, 2021
Various Locations

Description:
Now in its ninth year, Photoville NYC2020 expands the beloved festival, for the first time ever, to all five boroughs, offering increased access to art and storytelling as so many facets of society remain on pause, and as New York’s open public spaces provide vital, safe ways of being out in the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With Photoville’s focus on the power of visual storytelling, many exhibitions respond to and candidly capture realities both intimate and global from this historic, harrowing year.

In addition to the public displays, Photoville has also put together an abundant calendar of virtual events surrounding the festival, including artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling events, and community programming.

Locations: Exhibitions in parks can be found in Soundview Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Anchorage Plaza in Brooklyn; Chelsea Park, Jackie Robinson Park, and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan; Astoria Park and Travers Park in Queens; and South Beach Promenade in Staten Island. For more more locations, please visit photoville.nyc.

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Bronx

Image courtesy of Publicolor

Publicolor, Fractured Spectrum
November 9, 2020 to November 8, 2021
Franz Sigel Park, Bronx
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Description:

This mural’s abstract design captures motion with colors that convey an abundance of energy and brings life to this exterior retaining wall along Walton Avenue. Residents in the community and park visitors will develop a joy and appreciation of color, and how it affects our moods and behavior. This mural was painted by Publicolor, a youth development program that fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. The program engages high-risk, low-income students, ages 12-24, in a multi-year continuum of design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service.

Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field’s Jax Thicket, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field’s Jax Thicket
September 2, 2020 to September 1, 2021
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:
Field’s Jax Thicket, by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, consists of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Previously exhibited at four locations around the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, the sculptures are reunited in a playful arrangement on the lawn of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park. For the Field’s Jax series, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017.

Image: Together, Athanatos-for ever , Courtesy of the artist.

Vincent Parisot, Together, Athanatos-for ever
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Jardin De Las Rosas, Bronx, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Vincent Parisot is a Greece based artist who has exhibited worldwide. One of the works that has resulted from their home and its flora is Athanatos-for ever, a veritable wall painting. It represents an “agave americana,” which in Greece is called “Athanatos,” or “without end,” an allusion to its longevity. Often, there are hearts on its leaves, along with names of young couples who hope that the plant’s longevity will be transmitted to their love.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

Image: Celebrations, Courtesy of the artist.

Lady K Fever, Celebrations
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Jackson Forestâ??s Community Garden, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This mural is inspired by conversations with the garden’s founder about the history of the garden and plans for its future. On one side of the shed, silhouettes of a group of people clapping and celebrating, with reflections of the garden painted within the group’s outline. Other images incorporated into the design include a pumpkin patch, a flower bed, the garden’s pathway, an early morning scene, native butterflies, oversized flowers, and an array of green leaves and foliage.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

Image credit: Chat Travieso, The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth, courtesy of the artist.

Chat Travieso, The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth
June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020
Keltch Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Boogie Down (Youth) Booth is colorful public installation that brings Bronx music, solar-powered lights, seating, and community art to an underutilized space at Keltch Park on 170th Street and Jerome Avenue in the Highbridge/Concourse area of the South Bronx.

it follows three previous booths, installed between 2014 and 2016 at different sites in Crotona Park East and Melrose. Designed by Chat Travieso, this newest booth was informed by the “Yes Loitering” Project, a public space and safety youth initiative that sought to investigate how teens might be excluded from or targeted in public spaces, and developed ideas on how to create more youth-powered spaces. The research project was led by Travieso and a team of Bronx teens from the area. The group of young researchers met with community members, merchants, and other key stakeholders to gather valuable input regarding neighborhood needs.

Like all previous booths, the Boogie Down (Youth) Booth pays tribute to the rich culture of the Bronx, as expressed through music. It incorporates solar-powered speakers that stream music continuously, featuring a playlist curated by Elena Martinez and Bobby Sanabria of WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center, showcasing the sounds of the borough, including salsa, jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hip-hop, Garifuna, and blues.

This exhibition is presented by WHEDco

Brooklyn

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist

Rocko Rupert, TimberWolf
October 31, 2020 to October 25, 2021
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

TimberWolf takes utilitarian materials like reclaimed lumber to beautify this corner of the park and serves as a metaphor for how everyday materials can be repurposed. It plays into the importance of resourcefulness, breathing use back into what is considered to be “used-up.” The artwork takes the form of a dog’s head, a nod to the popular nearby dog park. At the end of the public art installation period, TimberWolf will be donated to another public space to be enjoyed. The possibility to be reused or repurposed with additional functionalities gives this living installation another life.

Image credit: Photo by David Andrako

Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine (Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney), Inspired By “What Is Left”
October 3, 2020 to May 2, 2021
Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
This installation comes from the 1993 Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) poem, “won’t you celebrate with me.” Clifton's words offer a reminder of the daily struggle for survival that Black women endure and of the work for racial equality that still remains to be done. Through the word "celebrate," the quote provides a more nuanced understanding of the ongoing struggle for equality and connects to the artwork’s call for both joy and work, anger and love. Known as a host for many joyous and powerful celebrations, this installation continues Prospect Park and the Bandshell’s history as a gathering space and platform where Brooklyn can unite under a common cause. This has come even more to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, where it has served as the backdrop for moments of protest and joy, celebration and memorialization, making it the perfect location for this installation.   

This exhibition is presented by BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance.

Image: Together, We Will Grow, Courtesy of the artist.

ArtisticAfro, Together, We Will Grow
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Eden’s Community Garden, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
This mural’s inspiring design invites neighborhood children to want to learn about the benefits of growing their own food. Through that bond with gardening, the hope is that the garden will eventually become their safe space. Natural elements are matched with the garden's motto "Together, we will grow." The front of the shed carries this similar theme with an image of someone's hands holding a potted plant with a seedling inside. Through loving, nurturing, and growing plants, you love, nurture, and grow yourself.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

Various artists, Brooklyn Utopias: 2020
August 20, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Washington Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Brooklyn Utopias: 2020 addresses Brooklyn’s past, present and future by inviting artists to consider differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn. Participating artists also explore how Brooklyn has continued to change over the past decade, and if/how it can serve as a model for urban and American living on a national scale as we navigate a global pandemic in a time of unprecedented social, political and environmental turmoil. Brooklyn Utopias also implies the possibilities (or limitations) of art in creating a better world. Together, these and other artworks investigate complex topics such as gentrification and environmental justice and experiment with creative ways to engage with and care for local communities, even with current social distancing measures. Many of the projects include online or outdoor components that can be experienced by a wide audience.

Public artworks by Tamara Gayer, Human Impacts Institute, Anna Lise Jensen, Robin Michals and Lynn Neuman, and Iviva Olenick are displayed on the grounds in Washington Park.

This exhibition is presented by the Old Stone House.

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