Free Admission Thursday at Socrates Sculpture Park - see INFO below. Since 1999, Socrates has activated the billboard above the main entrance to the Park year-round with an ongoing series of artworks commissioned from established artists including John Giorno, Douglas Gordon, Michael Joo, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Wangechi Mutu, Chitra Ganesh, and Duke Riley. In response to the 2016 Presidential Election, Socrates held a one-time open call competition for the Broadway Billboard on the topics of democracy and American identity. The winning proposals were Welcome by Guillaume Lgar and Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred by Amy Khoshbin Anne Carson. Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists. Today, Socrates is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and a designated New York City public park. Known for fostering ambitious and visionary artworks, Socrates has presented more than 1,000 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them the financial support, materials, equipment, and space necessary to create large-scale works in the public realm. The Park is a center of cultural programming, a producer of contemporary exhibitions, a presenter of a multi-disciplinary performance series, and an arts educator. Socrates existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.
February 28 @ 8am
where:Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY (map)
INFO:Admission to the Park’s grounds, exhibitions, and programs is FREE. Phone: 1718-956-1819