FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2020
NYC PARKS’ ART IN THE PARKS PROGRAM PRESENTS NEW PUBLIC ARTWORKS ON VIEW THIS WINTER
As temperatures drop, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has recently added more than a dozen outdoor exhibitions to brighten up the city’s public spaces. Artists have found a variety of creative ways to add warmth to the colder months, with photography installations across the city, an augmented reality artwork at Rockaway Beach, a powerful text-based installation at Prospect Park’s iconic bandshell, and more.
Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2020
On view through March 30, 2021
Now in its ninth year, Photoville NYC 2020 expands the beloved festival to all five boroughs for the first time. In this new format, Photoville offers increased access to art and the power of visual storytelling. Many exhibitions respond to and candidly capture realities both intimate and global from this past year. Photoville has also put together a robust calendar of virtual events, including artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling events, and community programming through the end of November.
Fitzhugh Karol, Field’s Jax Thicket
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
On view through September 1, 2021
Field’s Jax Thicket consists of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large artwork, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Previously exhibited in the four different locations in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, the sculptures are reunited in a playful arrangement on the lawn of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. For his ongoing Field’s Jax series, Karol reconfigures nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017.
Publicolor, Fractured Spectrum
Franz Sigel Park, Bronx
On view through November 8, 2021
This mural captures motion with colors that convey an abundance of energy and brings life to this exterior retaining wall along Walton Avenue. It 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.
Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine (Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney), Inspired By “What Is Left”
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
On view through May 2, 2020
Inspired by the 1993 Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) poem “won’t you celebrate with me,” this installation amplifies Clifton's words as a reminder of the daily struggle for survival of Black women and the ongoing struggle for racial equality. Through the word “celebrate,” the quote is a more nuanced call for both joy and work, anger and love. During the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, the Prospect Park Bandshell 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.
Rocko Rupert, Timberwolf
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
On view through October 25, 2021
TimberWolf uses 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.
Andrea Arroyo, CoVIDA- Homage to Victims of the Pandemic
Roger Morris Park, Manhattan
On view through December 31, 2020
This is an artistic tribute to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, honoring the lives of people from the local community and around the world who have died of Covid-19. It is inspired by a range of traditional memorials from around the world, including Day of the Dead altars and New York City street memorials. The title combines the word “COVID” with vida, meaning “life” in Spanish.
Nacinimod Deodee, A Long Walk to Freedom and Reflection, and Alex Reynoso, I AM FREE
Colonel Charles Young Triangle, Manhattan
On view through December 6, 2020 and June 24, 2021, respectively
Harlem Needle Arts is pleased to present We the People | Disrupting Silence, a public art installation by two fiber artists, Nacinimod Deodee and Alex Reynoso. It pays tribute to the ingenuity, creativity and sacrifices of Africans of the Diaspora, who suffered the atrocity of enslavement, marginalization and disenfranchisement. In addition to wrapping the park’s benches and lampposts with colorful yarn installations, Deodee created a 100-foot-long fence installation along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. In this piece, a colorful abstract composition is bookended by the numbers 1619, referring to the year when American slavery began, and an infinity symbol. On the opposite side of the park, Reynoso’s fence installation triumphantly declares “I AM FREE” in brightly colored yarn.
Manuel Ferrera Badia, Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell
Finn Square, Manhattan
On view through February 2, 2021
Based on origami studies, this sculpture is composed of broken steel planes that cause the sculpture to change or become animated with sunlight. It replicates in an abstract way the fractal system of matter, looking for a simplicity that reflects the interior of every being, in particular that of a shell. It is inspired by the study of nature, but the volume is reduced to its fractal structure, to its geometry.
Jeannine Han and Dan Riley, Another way it could go
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
On view through October 15, 2021
This work pays homage to the incredible universe of possibilities present at every moment. Made of ceramic, tile, marble, glass, seashells, sand, cement, and steel, and inspired by computer simulations, the artwork pays homage to the artists’ perspective that our daily reality is a glimpse of an epic landscape of decisions that define who we are. This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Laura Lappi, 7 x 7 (HOPE)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
On view through September 5, 2021
Finnish-born, Queens-based artist Laura Lappi’s 7 x 7 (Hope) explores issues of space in New York City and the impact of cost of living and housing on immigrant communities in Queens. The sculpture consists of a black wooden house structure that measures seven feet long, five feet wide and seven feet high, referring to the size of the average illegal basement room. Each wall has an embedded letter, creating a word H-O-P-E. A light inside the structure makes glows at night. This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Shantell Martin, Big Yard Mural
Seaside Playground, Queens
On view through October 10, 2021
Martin is best known for her dynamic, category-defying, larger-than-life drawings. Her work explores identity as a critical pathway to self-expression and often asks, who are you? She uses her signature lines, iconic shapes, and primarily monochromatic black and white imagery to reflect the vibrancy of Rockaway’s community and urban beach landscape. The transformed 16,000 square foot outdoor recreational space is now a 360-degree activation where text and images appear out of her fluid and interconnected lines. This project was made possible by Friends of Seaside Playground (FOSP), in collaboration with 7G Group, and The Rockaway Hotel.
Kris Perry, Mother Earth
Rockaway Park, Queens
On view through August 11, 2021
Mother Earth draws on an array of architectural elements, from temples, mosques, and churches to the open columned spaces of Classical Greek buildings. The spire directs the viewer’s gaze skyward while its reflected shape points back down towards the Earth. Visitors are encouraged to occupy the sculpture’s central space where one can look outward upon the landscape in a moment of introspection. The 35-foot-tall sculpture is made of Corten steel, a material that will evolve with the seasons and site.
Jack Howard-Potter, Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium)
Court Square Park, Queens
On view through September 12, 2021
Long Island City-based sculptor Jack Howard-Potter makes large, often kinetic, figurative steel sculptures that can be seen in city governments, sculpture parks and public art shows around the country. The outdoor public arena is the perfect setting for the academic roots to be easily recognizable and accessible, bridging the gap between the fine art institution and the public. It all comes together in an effort to brighten the landscape and shift someone's gaze to break the daily routine with something beautiful.
Gaston Lachaise, Floating Woman (Floating Figure)
Hunter’s Point South Park, Queens
On view through September 23, 2021
This work is one of Lachaise’s best-known monumental works dating from the late 1920s. The buoyant, expansive figure represents a timeless earth goddess, one Lachaise knew and sought to capture throughout his career. This vision was inspired by his wife, who was his muse and model, Isabel, that “majestic woman” who walked by him once by the Bank of the Seine. This work is a tribute to the power of all women, to ‘Woman,’ as the artist referred to his wife, with a capital W. This exhibition is presented by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and the Lachaise Foundation.
For over 50 years, Art in the Parks has brought contemporary public artworks to over 200 of the city’s parks, collaborating with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 works by 1,300 notable and emerging artists. For more information on works currently on view, and for tips on how to exhibit with Parks, visit nyc.gov/parks/art.