A new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter
July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.
We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.
Photo via SculptureCenter
Have you ever wondered what the value of gold is on a daily basis? Unless you’re Scrooge McDuck, we don’t know why you would want to. However, if you want to truly understand a new public art piece by Brooklyn artist Mika Tajima, it might be wise to check the Nasdaq.
Inside Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, Meridian (Gold) will show you in real time if the price of gold is going up or down. The mist of water in the center of the sculpture will change color thanks to the use of LED lights. The water will be colored magenta if the price of gold goes up, cyan if it goes down. A computer algorithm is being used to check on the price of gold every two seconds. So when you enter the pink square, the color may change numerous times, depending on how long you sit.
Image via Places Journal
Since the city began undergoing intense gentrification in the late 1970s, many artists have stepped up and to occupy and sometimes even reclaim places to both preserve the city’s history, but also to highlight the negative implications of gentrification, and showcase their unique artistry. The city is known for its heralded art museums, but to be showcased is a difficult feat in itself.
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While we wait patiently for snow to arrive in New York City (maybe never?), here’s a look back at one of the earliest film footages of the Walter Snow Fighter, a four wheel drive snow plow built by the Walter Motor Truck Company, Inc. based out of Long Island City. This film from the 1930s, seen on The Old Motor and likely shot by the truck company for promotion, shows a “Fast Snow Scraping” in New York City starting at minute mark 1:17:
2015 brought with it many creative and colorful installations and exhibits by artists from around the world. Many of the artists took us on a journey to a world occurrence or event that impacted them so deeply, it behooved them to share in the only way they knew how – through their art. It is through art that we visited New York’s other half, affordable housing, and how gentrification has changed our communities. Or how we might handle urban density, brought attention to the faces of the homeless, and looked back at the people who arrived on our shores, with hope for a better life. We viewed our lives in photographs from the street to the sky. Global and local news transformed into art in ways that caught our attention, as with the plight of the Syrian refugees shown through art at Trinity Church.
Moving into the New Year, you will see artistic works on such topics as the doors opening in Cuba, sustainability, ecology, mass incarceration, economic inequality, and our waterfront redevelopment. There will be discussions on the value of food in the form of art, from what we have tossed aside to what we will create on our rooftops. In the end, share a meal and stand beside a giant figure “Looking Up” to the sky in a whimsical and thoughtful way.
Many of these exhibits and installations will close early in the month. Be sure to check closing dates.
Chance Ecologies: The Wild Landscapes of Hunter’s Point South, an exhibition at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, presents art inspired by an abandoned post-industrial property that is now being redeveloped along the Queens waterfront. Formed by three curators, Catherine Grau, photographer Nathan Kensinger, and Stephen Zachs, Chance Ecologies is an experimental art project exploring the value of wild places in a changing city. In August, we walked the landscape in question with the team of Chance Ecologies, and we’re excited to see the artistic output from their work this year.