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Public Art Exhibits by Women on Display at NYC Parks

This Women's History Month, join us in celebrating women in art and the powerful stories about representation, culture, immigration, and community that they bring to life in NYC's parks. Take a look at just some of the featured art installations in our parks by women artists, and visit our Art in the Parks page to discover still more temporary public art exhibits by female artists that are currently on display in our parks.

Adorn Me, Tanda Francis, Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Adorn Me addresses the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provides a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control. Adorn Me is on display at Fort Greene Park through August 16, 2019. Learn more about Adorn Me by Tanda Francis

Viewfinding, Sara E. Brook, Riverside Park South in Manhattan

Image courtesy of the artist

Viewfinding is a public art installation and queer poetry collaboration. The art installation consists of five wooden trapezoidal components connected by a meandering bench. Strips of cast acrylic are fixed within each trapezoid, painted in gradations of color that progress from rich blue to fiery pink, referencing the color progression of a sky at sunset. On the bench are a series of 26 acrylic panels engraved with short works by queer poets. Viewfinding is on display at Riverside Park South through August 22, 2019Learn more about Viewfinding at Riverside Park South

Absent Monuments, Rose DeSiano, Rufus King Park in Queens

Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Absent Monuments consists of several mirrored obelisks. The viewer’s mirrored reflection both celebrates them and subtly brings them into Jamaica, Queens’ complex history of colonization, war, abolitionism, immigration, and rural urbanization. The Absent Monuments art installation is on display in Rufus King Park through June 30, 2019Learn more about Absent Monuments by Rose DeSiano

DNA (Dynamic Nature Art), DB Lampman, Tappen Park on Staten Island

Image courtesy of SI Arts

DNA (Dynamic Nature Art), part of the Sonic Gates art project, is a helix of wind chimes assembled by students from P.S. 78 floating above the heads of its viewers. DNA is on display in Tappen Park through July 13, 2019. Learn more about DNA by DB Lampman

Maren Hassinger: Monuments, Maren Hassinger, Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery; Photo by Adam Reich

Maren Hassinger considers the natural environment a site of hope and potential, a place of equality, where humanity has a shared purpose of stewardship and understanding. Maren Hassinger: Monuments, an exhibition of eight sculptures that transform Marcus Garvey Park into a space both physical and psychological and prompt the audience to consider the place of nature in their lives. his art installation is on display in Marcus Garvey Park through June 10, 2019Learn more about Maren Hassinger: Monuments

I'm So Happy You're Here, Cara Lynch, Virginia Park in the Bronx

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The patterns in this art installation reference traditional parquet flooring, typically found in homes of the wealthy as a symbol of status and importance. By recontextualizing these patterns in a public mural, the work challenges notions of value and accessibility, as well as destination and origin. This art installation is on display in Virginia Park through July 19, 2019. Learn more about I'm So Happy You're Here by Cara Lynch

Sanar (Heal), Gina Goico, Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan

Image courtesy of North Manhattan Arts Alliance

Gina Goico reminds us of the power of cleansing ourselves and holding space for our community. In this case, she invited neighbors to reconnect through conversation and collaboration creating traditional Dominican pellizas that read “reconocer para sanar”/ “recognize to heal”. Sanar (Heal) is on display in Inwood Hill Park through March 31, 2019. Learn more about Sanar (Heal) by Gina Goico

Steinway Cipher, Brittany Baldwin, Steinway Playground in Queens

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Brittany Baldwin merged contributions of the Steinway family with elements of present-day Astoria to create a piece that reflects the visual landscape of the neighborhood. Some key elements in this mural include a large, white piano-like shape positioned in the middle of the mural commemorates the industry titan, the Steinway Piano Factory, and aquatic and seashell forms which are a nod to North Beach and the East River. Steinway Cypher is on display in Steinway Playground through June 10, 2019. Learn more about Steinway Cipher by Brittany Baldwin

Mariposas Lamps, Lina Montoya, Cpl. Thompson Park on Staten Island

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Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad, Montoya’s illuminated sculptures redefine the monarch butterfly as an icon of migration and freedom. This art installation is on display in CPL. Thompson Park through July 18, 2019. Learn more about Mariposas Lamps by Lina Montoya

Come Closer and the View Gets Wider, Rebecca Manson, Tribeca Park in Manhattan

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In Rebeca Manson's first public installation, thousands of handmade, glazed porcelain parts join together in an eight-foot orb to celebrate the idea that small things together amount to something impactful; a monument to collective consciousness. This art installation is on display in Tribeca Park through July 8, 2019. Learn more about Come Closer and the View Gets Wider by Rebecca Manson

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album, Kathleen Granados, Harlem Art Park in Manhattan

Courtesy of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album is located in an invaluable community park and neighborhood now facing increased gentrification. The installation highlights historic moments and contemporary culture with photographs that the artist collected from various residents, community organizations, institutions, and NYC Parks’ photo archive. This art installation is on display through August 10, 2019. Learn more about Kathleen Granados' art installation at Harlem Art Park

I am Here@Thomas Jefferson Park, 113 Street and 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY, Harumi Ori, Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan

 Image courtesy of the artist

This installation both documents and celebrates the surrounding community’s diversity. Using photographs she took of parkgoers as inspiration, the artist has created a vibrant 30-foot portrait of the park out of mesh the color of orange, a sacred color in Japan. This art installation is on display in Thomas Jefferson Park through July 9, 2019. Learn more about Harumi Or's art installation in Thomas Jefferson Park

Bronx River Native, Lovie Pignata, Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx

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Bronx River Native references the borough’s original inhabitants, the Mohegan, as well as its current residents. Lovie Pignata installed three geometric designs created with large, painted concrete pavers. Bronx River Native is on display in Concrete Plant Park through September 27, 2019. Learn more about Bronx River Native by Lovie Pignata

Peaceful Perch, Kim Dacres & Daniel A. Matthews, Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan

Image courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Peaceful Perch is a figurative bust-like sculpture: resonating as female, sitting elevated as an honored monument of watchfulness. The sculpture embodies the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair: reflected within the neighborhoods of Harlem. Peaceful Perch is on display in Marcus Garvey Park through September 30, 2019. Learn more about Peaceful Perch at Marcus Garvey Park

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