‘Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968’ Opens at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park with Curators Talk on July 13th

 

 

 

Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

See New York City in 1968 through the lens of photographer Katrina Thomas with “Streets in Play”. Curated from the NYC Parks Photo Archive collection, the exhibition features more than 40 of Thomas’ photographs of “Playstreets” or residential blocks closed to traffic and equipped with recreational and cultural activities. With dynamic black-and-white images that document carless streets and children engaged in inventive and self-directed forms of play, the 1968 images speak to present-day questions of whom and what purposes city streets might serve. Where were you in 1968?

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Jonathan Kuhn Gives Guided Tour of the Bicentennial Exhibition ‘Parks Now’ Celebrating Birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted on May 25th

 

 

 

The Arsenal Gallery, “Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy”

NYC Parks Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kuhn will give a guided tour of the bicentennial exhibition “Parks Now: Honoring the Olmsted Legacy,” on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show, which features innovative park designs that build on Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy in New York City, is on view until June 2, 2022.  The guided tour by Jonathan Kuhn will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 12:30pm at The Arsenal Gallery, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, on the 3rd floor in Central Park. Mask-wearing is required to enter the gallery, and guests are required to sign in. This is a free event, open to the public.

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NYC Parks Celebrates Black Leaders in the Arsenal Gallery for Black History Month

 

 

 

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition, “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders,” now on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black experience in New York City. This exhibition is presented by NYC Parks’ Art & Antiquities and Ebony Society and will be on view through February 28, 2022.

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NYC Parks’ Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition Returns to Arsenal Gallery

 

 

 

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition is back on display at the Arsenal Gallery, welcoming the holiday season with a variety of inventive and surprising wreaths! After going virtual last year, the 39th exhibition has returned in person and includes wreaths by nearly 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used unconventional materials to reinvent the traditional holiday symbol.  The NYC Park’s Annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2022.

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Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery Reopened with ‘Confinement Gardens’ ~ Paintings by Paul Hunter

 

 

 

Paintings by Paul Hunter. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks today reopens the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park with “Paul Hunter: Confinement Gardens.” Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul Hunter’s series was inspired by his walks through New York City’s public parks and gardens during lockdown. As he sought refuge from these restrictions in the city’s greenspaces, he experienced the restorative power of flowers in bloom, which gave him hope despite the surrounding pandemic and political turmoil.

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38th Annual Wreath Interpretations, a Virtual Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery

 

 

Kaitlyn E. Hay, “Hail to the Art Teacher”

For the first time ever, NYC Parks is pleased to present its Wreath Interpretations exhibition virtually. The 38th annual exhibition rings in the holiday season with an array of nearly 40 inventive, handmade adaptations of the traditional decoration. While the Arsenal Gallery is closed, this year’s wreaths are presented in a slideshow on the agency’s website here.

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NYC Parks Commemorates Black History Month with the Exhibition, ‘Namesakes’ at Arsenal Gallery

 

 

Marcus Garvey Park, formerly Mt. Morris Park. Image taken April, 2009. Image courtesy NYC Parks

In anticipation and celebration of Black History Month in February, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show focuses on a selection of parks throughout the city that are named after notable African Americans.

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Get Ready for the Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park

 

 

 

Leenda Bonilla + Luis Pagan, ‘Un Cafecito del Pueblo’, Foil coffee packages, artificial berries, pinecone

New York City Park announced the dates for the 37th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition, bringing in the Holiday Season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths.

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Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery, Central Park opening in September

 

 

 

Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing. Attendees of an observational drawing workshop in the Fastnet container. Image via freshkillspark.org

Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies of Freshkills Park that were produced through a series of workshops held within a 20-foot shipping container named Fasnet.

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