Public art initiative encourages New Yorkers to get outside as museums remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, 2020 Courtesy of the artist; Socrates Sculpture Park; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Image: Scott Lynch
As museums and other cultural institutions in New York remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the city has launched an initiative to encourage New Yorkers to safely engage with public works of art instead. All in NYC: Public Art Edition is a comprehensive list of public art and open-air exhibitions found throughout the five boroughs, from the Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutus regal sculptures The New Ones, Will Free Us (2019) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Maya Lins spectral installation Ghost Forest (2020) at Madison Square Park.
The initiative, which was started by the citys tourism and marketing arm NYC & Company, includes more than 30 participating institutions in its first phase. The project is meant to be a “significant first step to rally New Yorkers to safely explore their city once again”, says Fred Dixon, the president and chief executive of the organisation. Dixons adds that although tourism recovery will be gradual, the campaign urges lRead More – Source