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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2021

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Photoville

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

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

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.

Brooklyn

Daniele Frazier, Big Bird, courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Big Bird
December 28, 2020 to December 27, 2021
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Big Bird features a six-foot-tall aluminum cutout of a white-bellied caique parrot, hand-painted in sign enamel. The bird is perched twenty feet above the ground, as if it were surveying the activities of park-goers below. Hanging from the perch is a bronze bell, recalling the types of "enrichment" toys that are provided for caged birds. In keeping with themes of Frazier's past works that depend on interaction with the weather, the bell rings in high winds and can be heard even where the piece cannot be seen.

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 June 20, 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 credit: Courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, The FENCE
April 16, 2021 to May 20, 2021
Anchorage Plaza, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Photoville FENCE is a year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring over 85 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience. Consistently attracting exceptional work by a diverse pool of photographers, the Photoville FENCE spotlights a wide range of photographic and lens-based stories. By exploring the universal themes of People, Streets, Play, Creatures, Home, Food and Nature, the exhibition elevates our understanding of the world-at-large and issues close to home.

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Temporary Yellow Dot
April 19, 2021 to May 7, 2021
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Temporary Yellow Dot is a living artwork consisting of 3,000 yellow tulips planted in a 14-foot diameter circle in Highland Park, Brooklyn. Planted in December 2020, the tulips will reach their peak bloom during the third week of April 2021. Artist Daniele Frazier created a similar living artwork at this site in 2020, titled Temporary Red Dot and using red tulips instead of yellow.

Manhattan

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, Dream Machine II
May 4, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Description: Dream Machine II is a tribute to the human spirit. However fragile we are in our own circumstances, despite these challenges, we remain strong, resilient, and even defiant. As a monument, the wings take flight to carry the hopes of an increasingly challenged generation that dreams of a fair and just society.

This exhibition is presented by Taglialatella Galleries and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, The Peace Makers
May 4, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Inspired by recent and ongoing events and protests for racial justice, the Peace Makers is a 10-foot sculpture that serves as a tribute to peace makers around the world, who tirelessly fight for peace and justice. The sculpture is a dynamic form that represents the spirit of different cultures and races while recognizing the potential for unity in the name of progression and peace.

This exhibition is presented by Taglialatella Galleries and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

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