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Art Break: Outdoor Public Art and Indoor Mind-Changing Art Ushers Us Into Summer

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 28, 2018

Now that summer is (unofficially) here, what are you going to do with your time? Get some sun, take a trip, catch a show, hang out with your friends?

Art Break has plans like that too. First, we’re going to take a little mind trip at Geary, with their new show The Sentinels. Looking at the connections between chaos and order will prepare us for our daily travels through the city, especially if we end up in the only subway car with no air conditioning. Then we’ll soothe our souls and invigorate our minds in Lesley Heller Gallery with their dual offerings of Ship and Dock/Nights and Days by Donna Dennis and Said by Her, a group show of women artists. Afterwards, we’ve got a ticket to see the show Reza Abdoh at MoMA PS1 to learn all about this innovative theater director. Finally, we’ll unwind from all that activity by getting some Mister Softee and strolling through one of the parks, checking out the sculptures on view. Maybe we’ll make a stop at The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, with their display of photographs from the summer of 1978 in NYC. It’ll get us inspired to take pictures of our summer in 2018!

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Heidi Lau: Mountain of Knives 3 (2018); glazed ceramics, 11.5 h x 5w x 11d in.; courtesy of the artist and Geary.

Rachel Frank and Heidi Lau: The Sentinels (May 31 – July 14) at Geary, is a two person show of sculpture and video art. The artists explore the dynamic of chaos throughout time and place while also using symbolic imagery of guardians and sentinels for contrast. It’s an interesting take on some complex ideas.

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Rachel Frank: Pattern for a Yurt V (2018); fabric, thread, glass beads, and brass grommets, 76 x 64 in.; courtesy of the artist and Geary.

Geary
185 Varick Street
Hours: Tues – Sat: 12-6
Admission: Free

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Donna Dennis: Dock and Ship (2016); gouache on paper, 12 x 16 inches; courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Gallery, New York.

Donna Dennis: Ship and Dock/Nights and Days and a group show: Said by Her (both May 31 – June 30) are at Leslie Heller Workspace. Donna Dennis has created an immersive installation with sculpture and a video loop to give the visitor the sense of standing near a dock on Lake Superior, looking out at two small houses. Watching the room go from starlight to dawn and back again is a tranquil experience – not something often felt in a New York gallery. Said by Her features the art of Nicole Awai, Julia Kunin, Eva O’Leary, Erika Ranee, Alexandria Smith, and Monika Zarzeczna. All these artists are known for their work discussing and exploring the female identity through ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, and video. It’s a powerful collection of images, well worth a visit.

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Nicole Awai: No Escape (Hatch) 4 (2017); acrylic paint, nail polish, resin, synthetic hair, reflective paper, mirrors, caste metal and plastic ornaments, horticultural charcoal and graphite on paper, 50 x 38 inches; courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Gallery, New York.

Lesley Heller Gallery
54 Orchard Street
Hours: Wed – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6
Admission: Free

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Julia Kunin: Golden Rainbow (2017); ceramic, 53 x 17 x 3 inches; courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Gallery, New York.

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Image from Reza Abdoh exhibit; courtesy of MoMA PS1.

Reza Abdoh (June 3 – September 3) at MoMA PS1 is a stunning retrospective of the Iranian-American theater director’s work. Using a variety of materials, the exhibition brings new attention to this avant-garde artist who stretched the boundaries of theater for actors and audiences alike.

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Hours: Thurs – Mon: 12-6
Admission: (All prices suggested) Adults: $10, Seniors and full-time students (with ID): $5, Children under 16 years of age: Free, Residents of NYC (proof of residency required): Free

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza (Fifth Avenue and 60th Street); courtesy of Art in the Parks.

The Parks Department has a great selection of sculptures on view this spring and summer. Some of our favorites include: Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza (Fifth Avenue and 60th Street), Dale Chihuly: Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square, and Jorge Luis Rodriguez: Atlas of the Third Millennium in Marcus Garvey Park. Also on view now is 1978: The NYC Parks/ New York Times Photo Project (May 3 – June 14), a great collection of images at The Arsenal Gallery, located in Central Park. If you were here then, you’ll have a jolt of memory going through the exhibit. If you weren’t, we can assure you that yes, once New York was really like this.

 

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

D. Gorton: Tender Vittles, Cats on Parade (Central Park, Manhattan, 1978, NYC Parks); courtesy of The Arsenal Gallery.

The Arsenal Gallery / The Arsenal Building
Central Park at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9-5
Admission: Free

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Gary Settle: Kids on Jungle Gym (Playground, Flushing Meadows Corona Park(?), #1059,September 1978); courtesy of the Arsenal Gallery.

Art in The Parks
Various locations
Hours: 24/7
Admission: Free

 

Cover: Dale Chihuly: Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square, NYC; courtesy of Art in the Parks.


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