This spring, artist Rose B. Simpson (b. 1983, Santa Clara Pueblo) convenes gatherings of large-scale bronze and steel figures on the grounds of Madison Square Park and Inwood Hill Park for a major new site-responsive commission that evokes our connections to the land and to one another across time. Commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy as part of the milestone 20th anniversary of its public art program, Simpson’s outdoor exhibition Seed features nine towering sculptural sentinels sited between the two parks, marking the Conservancy’s first collaboration with another New York City public park. Drawing from Simpson’s own background, the history of Manhattan Island and the Lenape people, and the human experiences that tie us all together, Seed is both personal and collective. Seed is on view at Madison Square Park and Inwood Hill Park from April 11 through September 22, 2024, and will be accompanied by a series of public programs and activations.
Madison Square Park Conservancy announced the program for its eighth annual symposium, which convenes artists, curators, and cultural leaders to discuss critical issues and ideas in the fields of public and contemporary art. This year’s symposium, Transforming Public Art, explores how artists are reshaping public art practice—and public space itself—through the use of unexpected materials and by layering their work onto historic sites to spark dialogue about who and what is represented and immortalized in the civic space. The theme of the symposium is inspired by the Conservancy’s commissioned public art exhibitions for 2023: Shahzia Sikander’s Havah…to breathe, air, life, on view through June 4, 2023, and Sheila Pepe’s My Neighbor’s Garden, opening June 26, 2023.
Free and open to the public, Transforming Public Art is organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy and will be held on Friday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the SVA Theatre.