From Acoustic Mirrors to Kitchen Huts, Sculptures Take Root in Harlem Parks | Hyperallergic

A public sculpture series curated by the Studio Museum in Harlem showcases work by artists who have strong connections to the area.

BY Alexis Clements

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Kevin Beasley, Who’s Afraid to Listen to Red, Black and Green?, detail (2016), Morningside Park, New York, NY (all photos by author for Hyperallergic)

The seasons are changing here in New York, and city parks are filling with people looking for Vitamin D, migrating birds, and blooms and buds. It seemed like a good moment to take a break from the abundant bad news filling my feeds, hop on my bike, and check out inHarlem, a series of public sculpture installations in four Harlem parks. Unlike many public art installations commissioned by major museums, this one, curated by Harlem’s own Studio Museum, is focused on showcasing work by artists who have strong connections to the area and the city.

The series features work by Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, and Ruby Shepherd. Each of the parks hosting work is large enough, and the sculptures are tucked away enough, that it makes for a pleasant sort of scavenger hunt trying to find them, even with the handy map the museum has made to direct you. I was lucky enough to be out on a gorgeous day with lots of others grateful for the good weather, which served as a lovely reminder that people-watching and parks themselves are as much a part of the experience of public art as the sculptures.

Read more: From Acoustic Mirrors to Kitchen Huts, Sculptures Take Root in Harlem Parks | Hyperallergic

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