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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2022

Brooklyn

Image credit: Photo by Emily Chiavelli

Various artists, Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal
April 10, 2022 to June 26, 2022
Coffey Park, Brooklyn
J.J. Byrne Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal is a multi-site exhibition of artworks by more than 200 artists on view outdoors at Coffey Park in Red Hook, outdoors at J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope, and indoors in the Great Room at the Old Stone House. Participating artists consider what a “Utopia” (or ideal place) would look like for the communities of the neighborhoods bordering the Gowanus Canal. These include Gowanus, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, and Red Hook.

This exhibition is presented by the Old Stone House and Arts Gowanus.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Rose DeSiano, Lenticular Histories
November 2, 2021 to June 16, 2022
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

This immersive and interactive monument engages Prospect Park visitors in a system of reflections, refractions, and nonlinear photo-history that celebrates acts of “leisure and activism”. Viewers experience the historical narrative of Prospect Park through historical photographs from private collections, public archives and New York journalists. The sculpture features three objects of optical illusion—stereoscopes, lenticulars, and prisms—which combine to blend reflections, rainbow-colored light, and history into a singular working system alluding to the intertwined chaos and harmony of public spaces.

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Image credit: Photo by Sebastian Bach, Courtesy of BRIC

Emily Oliveira, We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down
October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022
Lena Horne Bandshell
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
This monumentally scaled mural at Prospect Park’s Lena Horne Bandshell depicts a vividly colored natural landscape inhabited by humans and gods who take part in a Promethean sense of rebirth and new ways of being. The mural aims to recognize the forms of collective action that have taken place over the past year against violence, hate, and separation through walls. Oliveira envisions rebirth through such forms of collective action as joy and care—celebrating acts that often take place in public parks and natural areas like Prospect Park as a site for imagining and enacting utopia. We are at a Moment that Will be Remembered... is informed by the worlds of play and imagination, and encourages viewers to use their imaginations to envision and enact new ways of being in a post-COVID era.

This exhibition is presented by BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance.

Image credit: Max Yawney

Lara Saget, The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble
May 17, 2021 to May 16, 2022
Clumber Corner, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is an 8 foot-tall, public Tuckahoe marble, bronze, and glass sculpture.

Tuckahoe marble became extremely popular in the early 1800s and was used to build Borough Hall, the Washington Memorial Arch in Washington Square, and more. This historic Tuckahoe marble has mostly been quarried but there were remains in a former marble quarry turned Marriott Suites construction site in Tuckahoe, New York.

This Tuckahoe marble is encased inside of molten glass, generating a transparent, crystalline form. This form is embedded in a bronze cast piece of an organism known as Pando found in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. The glass and marble form merges with the bronze. This work suspends the marble structural material in glass, crystallizing its impermanence while contextualizing it in relation to Pando. Pando has been growing for at least 80,000 years and is the world's largest organism by mass. It has created a forest of thousands of genetically identical quaking aspen trees, which all stem from a single root system.

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is coupled with The Sound of Pando In Collaboration with Jerry J. Adams and the SoundMapApp The Sound of Pando is the recorded electrical differential between the leaves and the roots of Pando translated into sound.

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Photoville

Red Hook Community Justice Center JustArts Program, Zoom Out…Breathe In.
March 22, 2022 to May 6, 2022
Pena Herrera Playground, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

For the first time since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s photography program held in person classes during the fall of 2021 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.Though classes were based in Sunset Park, students traveled from different parts of New York City, some even as far away as The Bronx and Queens Village. Students learned about photography basics and techniques and how to document their lives, interests, and the world around them. Whether it was iconic architecture, dramatic sunsets, hidden nature sprinkled around us, tattoo culture, or the familiar tale of a New York City entrepreneur, the students re-learned how to take a deep breath in and appreciate the world around us. 

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Image courtesy of the artist

Hidemi Takagi, Black, Herkimer Street Stoop Interview, 2022
February 3, 2022 to April 3, 2022
Potomac Playground, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
This community-based photography and oral history project by Brooklyn-based photographer highlights longtime residents and their memories growing up in Bed-Stuy. Conversations range from their childhood to the changes in the neighborhood. The audio of the person photographed is accessible through a QR Code on the vinyl banner.

This project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), The Laundromat Project’s Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund and city artist corps grants. The exhibition is also made possible by the collaboration of partners Holes in the Wall Collective and Koda.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

David Kutz, The Machine in the Garden
October 16, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Washington Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This exhibition of photos printed on vinyl banners hung on the fences surrounding Washington Park is a nod to a 1964 book by Leo Marx, which considers why the American Pastoral ideal remains a cultural symbol even after massive industrial growth. Green roofs are now reversing the process he outlined. The Machine is at home on the rooftops of our buildings, and green roofs are the intruders. Although there are no people in this series, man-made machines are evident. These picture prompt thinking about how people impact the landscape and how the American pastoral ideal is still deeply embedded in the minds of Americans across the urban-rural divide.

Manhattan

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, Empower Flower
May 5, 2022 to May 4, 2023
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Empower Flower is a lotus-shaped throne created as a symbol of praise, unity, and support of women’s rights. The sculpture was created in celebration of the strength, resilience, and sovereignty of all women. Five independent parts come together to form a lotus-like throne, thereby providing the space for the passive onlooker to become the central focus of the artwork. 

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

Image credit: Photo by Ross Dahmen, courtesy of Project Backboard

Andrea Bergart, Purple Slice
April 15, 2022 to April 14, 2023
McCaffrey Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Andrea Bergart’s court design draws from her experience as a lifelong athlete and demonstrates the relationship between body and movement through space, as well as the female form in an abstract and unexpected way. Her involvement in the New York City-based all women basketball community, Downtown Girls Basketball, also inspired her to make art highlighting the sport’s culture – including her line of luxury bags handmade from basketballs.

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

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