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2022

Manhattan

Image: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Paola Pivi, You know who I am
April 4, 2022 to March 31, 2023
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

You know who I am is a large-scale cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty wearing various cartoonish masks. The masks are stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States. The masks will change every two months, representing six different people over the course of the exhibition. The work stands twenty-three feet above the High Line on the Northern Spur Preserve. From this vantage, visitors can also see the original Lady Liberty to the south in New York Harbor.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

Photo credit: Photo by Raul Tovar

Idriss B, The Art Collection - Concrete Jungle
February 14, 2022 to February 13, 2023
E. 34th Street to E. 38th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Artist Idriss B.’s collection of playful and whimsical polygonal animal forms in different sizes in this inaugural temporary public art exhibition in this section of Park Avenue. There are nine brightly colored animals between 34th and 38th Streets, creating a temporary zoo on this busy thoroughfare.

This exhibition is presented by Patrons of Park Avenue, and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.

Photo courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, Indigenous Threads
December 29, 2021 to December 15, 2022
Brigadier General Charles Young Triangle, Manhattan
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Description:

This installation by Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, a fifth-generation textile dyer from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, tells the story of Iya Alaro (“Mother of Dyers”). Indigo dyed textile is known as Adire, which translates as (adi) “to tie” and (re) “to dye.” The honor of Iya Alaro comes with great responsibility, overseeing the harvesting of the indigo plant, prepping the dye baths, composition of solvents, and organization of the community of women. Once the Adire is ready for market, the Iyaloja (the “Mother of the Market”) is selected, an honor of Chieftaincy voted in by the fellow market women, nominated by the King, and/or politically chosen. The Adire textile is prepared for the coronation of the Iyaloja.

This exhibition is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Photo credit: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney

Hebru Brantley, The Great Debate
November 14, 2021 to November 13, 2022
The Battery, Manhattan
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Description:

A painted fiberglass structure that stands 16 feet tall, this monumental sculpture features artist Hebru Brantley’s signature character, Flyboy. Within the canon of comics, very few characters of color exist. Flyboy was created by Brantley as an exploration into what a superhero character of color would look like. Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviator pilots who fought in World War II, they carried out all successful missions and had the lowest loss records of all fighter groups. At a time when Black folks were treated far less than equal, the Tuskegee Airmen’s successes meant that much more. Flyboy is a nod of admiration and respect to these men and an inspiration to future generations aspiring to soar far above their predicted possibilities.

Image credit: Courtesy of Sculptors Guild

Various Artists, Back to the Garden
April 24, 2022 to October 30, 2022
Between Broome Street and Hester Street
Allen Street Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Installed in several locations on the Allen Street Malls between Broome and Hester Streets, this group exhibition features seven artworks by eight artists addressing themes of nature. Artists include Alberto M. Bursztyn, Sarah Haviland, Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, Daina Shobrys, and Michael Wolf.

This exhibition is presented by Sculptors Guild.

Image credit: Photo by Jon Lopez, Courtesy of NBPA

A$AP Ferg, The Warrior
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Holcombe Rucker Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) commissioned Harlem native A$AP Ferg and curator Set Free Richardson to create this design for the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park, which pays homage to the warrior spirit of the Harlem community and embodies the essence of the many great basketball warriors of the Rucker from the past, present, and future.

This exhibition is presented by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

Chinatown Yarn Circle with Naomi Lawrence, Stand Speak Shape
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Columbus Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Chinatown Yarn Circle, led by Tina Lin, Naomi Lawrence, and local organizations, represents an intergenerational community mobilizing to STAND together; SPEAK up for justice; and SHAPE society through civic action and crochet. The flowers are in tribute to AAPI community builders, embodying collaboration, triumph over struggle, and inspiring future generations.

  • Flowers with cultural significance and symbolic ties to the Asian community
  • Chinese Bamboo symbolizing strength and resilience.
  • China – Peony
  • Taiwan – Plum Blossom
  • Hong Kong – Orchid
  • South Korea – Rose of Sharon
  • Japan – Chrysanthemum
  • India – Lotus
  • Singapore – Orchid
  • Vietnam – Lotus
  • Philippines – Arabian Jasmine
  • Thailand – Orchid
  • Malaysia - Hibiscus
  • Indonesia – Orchid

Stand Speak Shape is made possible in part with funding from OCM, Think Chinatown, Asian Americans for Equality, and Knitty City

Thomas J Price, Thomas J Price: Witness
October 2, 2021 to October 1, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Thomas J Price: Witness marks the British sculptor’s first US solo institutional exhibition. Price’s nine-foot bronze figure, The Distance Within (2021), is sited within Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and depicts a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. With Witness, the artist continues his exploration of blackness and Black masculinity at monumental scales. In The Distance Within, Price asks us to consider what is projected onto Black bodies as they move in the world and in what ways they are made monolithic via broader archetypes and stereotypes, as well as how Black bodies in the ordinary everyday are subject to extraordinary surveillance and spectatorship.

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

CRASH x Warner Bros, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
September 22, 2021 to September 21, 2022
Mae Grant Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

This mural is a colorful, subtle tribute to the legacy of Space Jam and iconic Looney Tunes characters that also speaks to the vibrancy of the Harlem neighborhood.

This exhibition is presented by Warner Brothers.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Felix Marzell, BIG APPLE
October 13, 2021 to September 12, 2022
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Sitting in the Apple, users will be able to enjoy a 360-degree view of their surroundings at all times. Since the arrival of Covid-19, citizens have taken to the streets and local parks more frequently to get their daily exercise and enjoy a change of scenery. This Apple is BIG on ensuring that distancing measures are maintained while participants enjoy their urban discoveries. Not only is the modern cutout slices design airy, but the space also allows for only one family or couple at a time in the core.

This exhibition is presented by Hudson Yards Hells Kitchen Alliance.

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