The ADAA encourages everyone to #VisitTheGalleries more often. Since many are closed in August, however, we’ve compiled a list of dynamic current public art projects around New York City to fill in the art gap. Find out where you can go to take outdoor #ArtSelfies, build a city with LEGOS, see a green pyramid against the Manhattan skyline and more!
Brooklyn Bridge Park
If you often find yourself resisting the urge to touch—or even sit on—art, Jeppe Hein’s installation “Please Touch the Art” is for you. Hein, represented by 303 Gallery, is one of Copenhagen’s most celebrated contemporary artists and is particularly interested in creating ways to connect people via art. “Please Touch the Art” is a production of the Public Art Fund and on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park through April 17, 2016.
Amanda Ross-Ho, The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things (Facial Recognition), 2015, fiberglass, neon, alumninum, steel. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo by Liz Ligon; Courtesy of Public Art Fund, New York.
Hank Willis Thomas, Liberty, 2015, fiberglass and automotive paint. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Liz Ligon, Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York.
Lothar Hempel, Frozen, 2015, ink on aluminum, steel, plastic foil, forex, motor, transformer, and steel casing. Courtesy of Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
Madison Square Park
This year, Mad. Sq. Art—the free, contemporary art program of Madison Square Park—commissioned its most ambitious outdoor sculpture to date. Fata Morgana by New York-based artist Teresita Fernández (represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery and Anthony Meier Fine Art) consists of 500 feet of golden mirror-polished discs that imitate the natural phenomenon of the same name—forming a shimmering, horizontal mirage you can walk under.
Nine customized visual, literary and musical art experiences are a short, free ferry ride away from Manhattan. Governor’s Art CommissionsGI—the Trust for Governors Island’s public art program—has invited nine artists to create new experiences for Island visitors this summer. Projects range from Peter Fischli & David Weiss’ wind-chime-playing moon rock, to Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s scattered library of free science fiction novels, to Nina Beier’s stock-photo-plastered swimming pool pictured below. On view through September 27.
Photo of Nina Beier’s project at Governor’s Island. Courtesy of Metro Pictures.
Olafur Eliasson, The collectivity project, 2005, The High Line, New York, 2015. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Kerry James Marshall, Above the Line, 2015, Commissioned by High Line Art, Presented by Friends of the High Line, June 2015 – May 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Adrián Villar Rojas, The Evolution of God, 2015, The Highline at the Rail Yards. On view through August 16, 2015. Courtesy of the artist Marian Goodman Gallery. New York.
Rashid Johnson (Hauser & Wirth), Blocks, 2015. A High Line Commission. On view through March 2016. Photo by Liz Ligon.
Brooklyn MetroTech Commons
Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas seeks out the meaning of truth and the multiculturalism of Brooklyn in the current iteration of his ongoing series “The Truth Is I See You.” Curated by Andria Hickey and produced by the Public Art Fund, the project features cartoon-like speech bubbles installed long the MetroTech Promenade featuring sayings about what the truth is, translated into the many languages spoken within the borough. On view through June 3, 2016.
Hank Willis Thomas, The Truth Is I See You, 2015, MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn. Courtesy of Public Art Fund. Photograph by Liz Ligon, James Ewing.
Socrates Sculpture Park
For the first time in over three decades, environmental art pioneer Agnes Denes, (represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects) created her first major public art project for New York City. The Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park merges the artist’s ongoing fascination with pyramid structures with her environmental advocacy in a 30-feet high, site-specific earthwork featuring several tons of soil, planted grass and flowers (with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop). On view through August 30, 2015.
Agnes Denes, The Living Pyramid, wood, soil, planted grasses and flowers, 2015. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park.