New York City’s parks have a long history of playing host to public demonstrations and protests that dates to the American Revolution. Since then, people have taken to the city’s streets, plazas, and parks to voice their distress during numerous periods of unrest. Today, parks continue to be some of the most democratic spaces for people to gather and declare their calls to action. NYC Parks Ebony Society’s exhibition Power to the People shares artists’ interpretations of public demonstration, drawing on both the city’s rich history of protest and current social conflicts.
Above, one of our favorite pieces ~ American Hero: Colin Kaepernick by Harlem-based artist, Suprina Sculpt, with slideshow beaming from the eyes.
Artists included are Kathleen Celestin-Parks, Mira Gandy, Suprina, Burroughs Lamar, Myrna Marrero, Kirk Maynard, Marilyn Nance, Malcolm Pinckney, Victor Polanco, Mario Tavarez, and Steed Taylor, as well as historical images from the NYC Parks Photo Archive. Curated by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society.
Power to the People will be on view from January 17 to February 28, 2019 with an Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6-8pm. the Arsenal Gallery is located at 830 Fifth Avenue in Central Park. This is a Free Event.