Before summer is over, check out these five temporary art installations in New York City
While it’s tempting to retreat indoors to escape the summer heat, the meaningful art makes a sunny getaway worth the trip. Designed with the intention of provoking thought and helping us catch our collective breath, temporary art installations by Sam Durant, Melvin Edwards, Mimi Lien, Guadalupe Maravilla and Sam Moyer set up across Manhattan and Queens this season are in the spotlight. both founding and impactful. They remind us of what we have overcome and what we must not ignore, they give us hope and space to heal, and they are a testament to New York’s diversity and the beauty of urban nature.
The green at Lincoln Center by Mimi Lien
Until September 2021
Acclaimed set designer Mimi Lien, whose works range from dance and opera sets to outdoor settings and have earned her both a Tony Award as well as a MacArthur Fellowship, has taken nearly 20,000 square feet of concrete that s ‘extend over the Josie Robertson Plaza in Lincoln Center and have covered it in artificial turf. There’s nothing New Yorkers love more than to escape the towering buildings and sunbathe at the park whenever the weather is nice, and Lien wanted to make that even easier. “I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard pavers without a seat to a material like grass, suddenly anyone could sit anywhere,” she explains. . With seats and arches in recyclable and bio-based SYNLawn material, The green will host pop-up shows, educational workshops and all your picnic needs until September 2021.
Planet Abuelx at Socrates Sculpture Park by Guadalupe Maravilla
Until September 6
Guadalupe Maravilla knows the world needs to heal and offers space for whoever overlooks the East River. Maravilla’s own experience recovering from trauma as an immigrant and cancer survivor as well as her exploration of ancestral and holistic healing practices are integral to the creation and use of Planet Abuelx. Jess Wilcox, curator and director of exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, explains that “with her exhibition in Socrates, Guadalupe Maravilla radically expands the concept of healing through art, creating new ways of understanding what human beings look like. holistic care and recovery for individuals and communities following trauma. Honoring the “healing ancestral knowledge” of our elders, Maravilla’s personal exhibition is a collection of totem sculptures, medicinal gardens and sound baths to be discovered until September 6 for all those looking to relax and breathe.
Doors for Doris in Central Park by Sam Moyer
Until September 12
Serving as a transitional gateway between the city’s cool color palette and the vibrant green one that encapsulates Central Park, Sam Moyer’s Doors for Doris—Its title is a nod to Public Art Fund founder Doris C. Freedman — honors such meetings of contrasting energies across town. The three-part sculpture is made of locally sourced marble and rock, but also represents the diversity inherent in New York City by juxtaposing them with its use of materials from around the world. The green stones and blue flagstones reminiscent of the waves remind us not only of the oases that the Big Apple has to offer, but also that it is an island after all.
Brighter days at Town Hall Park by Melvin Edwards
Until November 28
Brighter days is a collection of six sculptures created by artist Melvin Edwards between 1970 and 1996, and again in 2020. Despite the decades between them, they share one visual object in common: the artist’s use of links to steel, both broken or uninterrupted. The chains can either hold us together or hold us back, but the site of these works, an African cemetery as well as a frequent place for Black Lives Matter events in 2020, reminds us of the consequences of these, in the prejudices caused through slavery. that we still see in the United States today. At the same time, the symbolism of broken chains and the collection’s hopeful title serve as a monument to liberation and optimism. Edwards’ signature motif emphasizes a painful past but also serves as an emblem of unity.
Untitled (Drone) to the High Line of Sam Durant
Until August 22, 2022
As you drive through Chelsea at 30th Street and 10th Avenue, a white fiberglass drone will fly over 25 feet above. It’s artist Sam Durant’s reminder of the international drone warfare the United States has increasingly waged for decades. According to his statement on the temporary installation piece, “the sculpture is modeled after the Predator drone, a remotely piloted aircraft that was used by the US military from 1995 to conduct reconnaissance around the world and, more air strikes in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.We can no longer ignore the looming reality of drones, not only because Durant provides us a visual example of the threat that so many other countries have seen on behalf of the United States, but as we have seen with our own eyes in our own territory, when technology is used by government agencies to monitor our borders and patrol our demonstrations.
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