MADISON SQUARE PARK CONSERVANCY’S MAD. SQ. ART ANNOUNCES MAJOR OUTDOOR EXHIBITION BY AMERICAN ARTIST JOSIAH MCELHENY
Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to announce its thirty-fourth exhibition, Prismatic Park by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Josiah McElheny. The project features three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass on view in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017.
The outdoor exhibition will comprise three exquisite sculptures in painted wood and prismatic glass—minimal, almost architectural forms that will create new spaces within the Park for the creation of music, dance, and poetry: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry. Each will refract the surrounding natural light, beckoning the passerby and regular Park visitor. The three structures will form open, stage-like platforms—in both the physical and metaphorical sense—for the collaborating choreographers, dancers, musicians, and poets who will be working next to them, on them, and under them in the summer of 2017.
Throughout the exhibition, three nonprofit art organizations based in New York—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—will “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions. The resident artists will create ambitious new work that summons the potential for imagination, creativity, and performance inspired by spontaneous audiences and chance encounters that only a public place, like an urban park, can offer.
"It is a great honor for Danspace Project to be invited by Josiah McElheny and Madison Square Park Conservancy to be part of his Prismatic Park installation," stated Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Danspace Project. “The opportunity he offers us to consider new collaborative models for activating the public imagination couldn't be more relevant and urgent."
“For Josiah McElheny's Prismatic Park, Blank Forms has invited six musicians that deal with ideas of public space, collectivity, and community in their artistic practices,” said Lawrence Kumpf, Artistic Director of Blank Forms. “It's a great chance for Blank Forms to work in a city park and to see what dialogues and interactions develop between the musicians that we work with and the wide range of Park visitors through the openness of the residency structure.”
“Poets House's has asked a diverse group of contemporary poets to bring the intimate art of poetry into a bustling urban oasis and to develop projects that bring their poetic practice into a public setting defined by civic engagement and chance encounters,” said Stephen Motika, Artistic Director, Poets House. “Their efforts will involve poetry walks, translation and book making workshops, and performances of all sorts; we hope the result will underscore the energy of poetry in our time and remind the public of the transformational possibility of language in these challenging times."
McElheny’s sculptures are there to galvanize new movement, sound, and language. He has also offered the participating artists a prompt to consider the Park not only for performances, but also for rehearsals or even impromptu workshops. When not occupied by the resident artists, the public will have access to the sculptures to view or to adopt as a framework for their own innovative use. Interpretive materials, including dedicated Prismatic Park signage, a weekly free poster with images inspired by the commissions, a scholarly catalogue, and the Conservancy website will allow visitors to reflect on how public spaces can become sites to articulate diverse civic values including creative expression and chance meetings.
About Josiah McElheny:
Josiah McElheny (born 1966, lives and works in New York) received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. His work is acclaimed for the way he explores the history of ideas as an integral part of his experiments combining glass with other materials. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, and internationally at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and Whitechapel Gallery in London. McElheny was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. He is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago and White Cube Gallery in London.
Schedule of resident artists:
Music: Lea Bertucci; June 13–18, 2017
Dance: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener; June 20–25, 2017; June 27–July 2, 2017
Poetry: MC Hyland; July 4–9, 2017
Music: Ánde Somby; July 11–16, 2017
Poetry: CAConrad; July 18–23, 2017
Music: Joe McPhee and Graham Lambkin; July 25–30, 2017
Dance: Netta Yerushalmy; August 1–6, 2017; August 8–13, 2017
Poetry: Joshua Bennett; August 15–20, 2017
Music: Shelley Hirsch; August 22–27, 2017
Poetry: Donna Masini; August 29–September 3, 2017
Music: Matana Roberts; September 5–10, 2017
Dance: Jodi Melnick; September 12–17, 2017; September 19–24, 2017
Poetry: Mónica de la Torre; September 26–October 1, 2017
Music and poetry: Limpe Fuchs and Patrick Rosal; October 3–8, 2017
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Josiah McElheny, Fabrication of Prismatic Park, 2017. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 9.5 x 31 x .33 feet (wall); 32 feet diameter (floor); 14 x 11 x 9 feet (pavilion). Collection of the artist. ©Josiah McElheny. Photo: Yasunori Matsui
Josiah McElheny, Fabrication of Prismatic Park, 2017. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 9.5 x 31 x .33 feet (wall); 32 feet diameter (floor); 14 x 11 x 9 feet (pavilion). Collection of the artist. ©Josiah McElheny. Photo: Rashmi Gill
Josiah McElheny, Prismatic Park, 2017. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 9.5 x 31 x .33 feet (wall); 32 feet diameter (floor); 14 x 11 x 9 feet (pavilion). Collection of the artist. ©Josiah McElheny. Photo: Yasunori Matsui Artist in residence: Lea Bertucci, June 13–June 18
Josiah McElheny, Prismatic Park, 2017. Wood, steel, and prismatic glass, 9.5 x 31 x .33 feet (wall); 32 feet diameter (floor); 14 x 11 x 9 feet (pavilion). Collection of the artist. ©Josiah McElheny. Photo: Truth Cole Artist in residence: Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Reiner, June 13-18 and June 27- July 2
About Madison Square Park Conservancy:
Mad. Sq. Art is the free, contemporary art program of Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since 2004, Mad. Sq. Art has commissioned and presented thirty-four premier installations in Madison Square Park by acclaimed artists ranging in practice and media. Mad. Sq. Art has exhibited works by artists including Bill Beirne, Jim Campbell, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Mark di Suvero, Kota Ezawa, Rachel Feinstein, Teresita Fernández, Bill Fontana, Ernie Gehr, Orly Genger, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Antony Gormley, Paula Hayes, Jene Highstein, Tadashi Kawamata, Mel Kendrick, Sol LeWitt, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Charles Long, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Iván Navarro, Jacco Olivier, Roxy Paine, Giuseppe Penone, Jaume Plensa, Shannon Plumb, Martin Puryear, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Alison Saar, Jessica Stockholder, Leo Villareal, and William Wegman.
Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. The Conservancy is committed to engaging the community through its beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming. Madison Square Park Conservancy is licensed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Madison Square Park and is responsible for raising 100% of the funds necessary to operate the Park, including the brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, sanitation, security, and free cultural programs for Park visitors of all ages.
Major exhibition support for Prismatic Park is provided by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Showman Fabricators, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and VIA Art Fund. Substantial exhibition support is provided by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Gillinder Glass, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Limpe Fuchs is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. Shelley Hirsch is presented with support from Genelec. Ánde Somby is presented with support from Royal Norwegian Consulate General.
Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by Charina Endowment Fund, Toby Devan Lewis, Pentagram Design, Ronald A. Pizzuti, Sorgente Group of America, Thornton Tomasetti, Tiffany & Co., and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by George W. Ahl III, Irving Harris Foundation, The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work, Danny and Audrey Meyer, and The Rudin Family. Ace Hotel New York is the Official Hotel Partner of Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Prismatic Park is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mad. Sq. Art is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Mad. Sq. Art is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Madison Square Park Conservancy is a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.