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Arsenal Gallery: 35th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition


NYC Parks welcomes the holiday season with its 35th annual exhibition of creative, unconventional wreaths. Employing an array of uncommon materials, more than 40 participating fine artists, designers, and imaginative individuals celebrate this timeless holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a range of themes ranging from the personal to the universal. This exhibition is an inspired and fun way to experience the holiday season.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
This event repeats every weekday between 12/7/2017 and 1/5/2018.

Arsenal in Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Manhattan

Cost – Free

Contact Number

(212) 360-8114

Contact Email

artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Celebrate the season at the 21st Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, watch a live ice carving demonstration, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Photos with Santa (please bring your own camera) 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Caroling and Lighting Ceremony

Free family fun; no organized groups, please. Rain, snow, or shine. Strollers are not allowed on the Plaza. Stroller parking will be provided.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue Manhattan

Directions to this location

Cost

Free

Contact Number

(212) 310-6675

Central Park’s Literary Walk to Feature Women’s Suffrage Monument

For the first time in history, a bronze statue depicting and celebrating the achievements of women will join the myriad monuments honoring men, animals and fictional characters in the storied park.

On Monday, city officials unveiled the site on the Literary Walk in the south end of the park where it plans to place the “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument” in 2020. The tree-lined mall includes statues of writers such as William Shakespeare and Robert Burns. Until now the only monuments depicting females in the park are Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) and a variety of nymphs and other mystical creatures.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a long-time supporter of the statue, said it was important to place it in Central Park as opposed to another site in the city.

“About 42 million people use Central Park,” said Brewer, who secured $100,000 in city funds for the statue. “This is a place of education. And this is history not always being taught.”

Stanton and Anthony were passionate about the abolition of slavery and the right of women to vote. They both had strong ties to New York, and in 1866 Stanton became the first woman to run for Congress. The fierce pair founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.

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Giant Space Bubble Descends on Central Park

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Art in the Parks, Spacebuster, in partnership with the Storefront for Art & Architecture, is bringing its pop-up exhibition, New Icon-i-Cities, to Central Park on Saturday, October 21 from 11 am to 3 pm.

The exhibition will bring audiences inside Spacebuster, a van outfitted with an expanding inflatable bubble that houses up to 120 people. It is an extension of the Storefront’s current installation, Souvenirs: New New York Icons, which is comprised of original work by 59 artists to “represent and redefine the collective imagery for each of New York City’s 59 communities.”

According to a press release, New Icon-i-Cities aims to “bring together critical approaches to the shifting and complex iconography of the city.” By bringing this bubble to Central Park, participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of talks and a workshops in a unique space, inspiring visitors to perceive New York differently.

Spacebuster is all about allowing visitors to present their ideas on what constitutes an icon of the city today. Project creator, raumlaborberlin, wants New Yorkers to “produce their own iconography for their neighborhoods.”

Photo courtesy of Channel V Media

This event also combines ideas from We Like America, an experimental Spacebuster road trip that traveled America’s Rust Belt to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones.

This multifaceted collaboration comes together in celebration of Art in the Parks, an initiative by the New York City Parks Department that allows artists to transform the city’s public spaces . . . → Read More: Giant Space Bubble Descends on Central Park


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