Art Break: Outdoor Public Art and Indoor Mind-Changing Art Ushers Us Into Summer
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? How about outdoor public art?
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!
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.
185 Varick Street
Hours: Tues – Sat: 12-6
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.
Lesley Heller Gallery
54 Orchard Street
Hours: Wed – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6
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.
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
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.
The Arsenal Gallery / The Arsenal Building
Central Park at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9-5
Art in The Parks