Public Art Opening: Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong at Seward Park
Saturday, June 24, 2017
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
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Join NYC Parks for the public art opening of Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong's Constellation in Seward Park. A public talk about the history of Seward Park and the Lower East Side will be followed by a casual celebration.
Constellation is an architectural sculpture, performance, and panel series that will activate the underused plaza in Seward Park as a transformative community public space. The site-specific sculptural pavilion will be composed of interlocked wooden modules that will be re-arranged and transformed seasonally in three different configurations over the course of the exhibition.
Opening discussion with Andrew Fairweather, Joyce Mendelsohn, Daisy Paez, and Ron Castellano. Moderated by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Alexis Kraft
The discussion will trace the history of the Lower East Side/Chinatown area, and the history of Seward Park as the first municipally-built playground. We will explore the transformations of the Seward Park Library building, Seward Park itself, and recreation and public space of the diverse ethnic and cultural communities in the neighborhood.
- Andrew Fairweather is a librarian at the New York Public Library’s Seward Park Branch on the Lower East Side. One of his duties among others includes maintaining the Lower East Side Heritage Collection, an eclectic collection of books, articles, photographs, and various ephemera collected by Seward Park Librarians, the majority of which date from the 1930s to the 1980s.
- Joyce Mendelsohn, educator, historian, and writer, is widely known for her walking tours and lectures on topics related to New York City’s history. She served as the first Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and was the Education Consultant for the Historic House Trust of New York City. Mendelsohn is the author of The Lower East Side, Remembered & Revisited—History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood.
- Daisy Paez is a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, a public servant, and community advocate. She has worked for The Educational Alliance for nearly 23 years and is a voting member of Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs & Waterfront Committee (CB3). She is President of the Grand Street Guild Resident Association.
About Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant
This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, which supports the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists at 10 parks that are highly visible, but underserved by cultural programming. The UNIQLO grant program will transform these locations into engaging art destinations with a series of rotating exhibitions and community events through 2019.