The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To mark that milestone, the department has created “Art in the Parks,” a citywide exhibition of artworks in the five boroughs’ public parks throughout the month of October. Four SVA alumni are among the artists showing work as part of the celebration: Keith Haring (1979 Fine Arts) is represented by Self-Portrait, a sculpture on view at The Arsenal in Central Park; Anne Peabody (MFA 2004 Fine Arts) has Fallen Nest, a large-scale representation of a paper wasps’ nest that is lying on the ground as if fallen from a tree, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park; Kenny Scharf (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) created Totemikon, a bronze sculpture that adapts the traditional form of a totem pole, for TriBeCa Park in Manhattan; and Ricky Sears (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) is one of the artists included in the 2007 Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.
Another participant in the event, sculptor Roxy Paine, will be giving at talk at SVA on Tuesday, November 6, 6:30pm, at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 101C. Paine’s trio of large, metal tree sculptures, Conjoined, Defunct and Erratic, are installed in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park through Monday, December 31.
Image: Ricky Sears, Waterfront, 2007; photo by Chris Baker.