Some of the finest art in town isn’t in NYC’s world-famous museums, it’s in NYC’s world-famous parks. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NYC Parks Art in the Parks program this weekend at FREE art workshops, performances, and displays of some of the 2,000 artworks the program has featured since 1967.
It’s all happening in Central Park, being turned into a stage, museum, and art studio, family-friendly, of course, on Saturday, Oct. 21, in East Pinetum field, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11am to 3pm.
More than 100 artworks, workshops, and performances take place throughout the day. Including the chance to meet the artists. Meet some of them here:
Here’s a look back at some of the more famous and popular outdoor art exhibits on the NYC Parks website, including the famous Gates installation of dozens of fluttering orange flags in Central Park a few years ago, pictured above.
Some of what’s on the Art in the Parks 50th Anniversary event schedule:
- Bronx Museum: Button-making based on Bronx public artworks
- Materials for the Arts: Reuse Sculpture Station
- Blythe Cain: Painting public artworks with natural pigments
- Kim Holleman: Trailer Park-let
- Sing for Hope: the city’s favorite pianos
- Amanda Long and Historic House Trust: Paper marbling workshop Change to Amanda Long and Historic House Trust: Paper marbling wishes
- Groundswell: Sketchbook Making
- United Photo Industries: Create a zine
- Urban Field Station: Write with a tree alphabet
- LMCC/Dances for a Variable Population: Dance workshop for all
- Art Built: What it means to be a global citizen
- City Arts, Inc: Pieces for Peace
- Dream Yard: Mosaic workshop with recyclable material
- Juanli Carrion: Spice portraits
- Art Students League: Origami and collage workshop
- Public Art Fund: Art-making workshop based on works of Ai Weiwei
- Limon Dance Company/ Bryant Park Corp: Modern dance workshop
- Daniele Frazier: Life-drawing class of a model in a polar bear costume
- Poetry Society of NY: One-on-One Poetry Experiences
- Art Production Fund: Art Sundae! Create a public art project with Elise Peterson
- Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance: Wind Chimes Made from Recyclables with Evelyn Suero
- Katya Grokhovsky: Slow Dance with Me
- Taiwanese American Arts Council: Taiwan Tribal Spirits Updated
- Broadway Mall Association: Collaborative Clay Mural Making with Joy Brown
- The Moving Company performance with Tina Wang, Scynge Xing, Tamar Ettun
As NYC Parks’ public art program took shape in the 1960s, artistic events called “happenings” popped up in parks across the city. Blurring the line between art and everyday life, these fleeting performances combined sculpture, music, theater, dance, and poetry. They varied in size and sophistication, but always relied on audience participation.
What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?