Eight site-specific artworks are presented in a group exhibition in Central Park from May 15 until June 20 which is presented by Creative Time and celebrating the 35th anniversary of Central Park Conservancy
Drifting in Daylight, a free group exhibition that brings eight thought provoking, sensory, and participatory artworks to the northern part of Central Park, opens to the public on Friday, May 15. Presented by Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy, Drifting in Daylight includes work by artists Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spencer Finch, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, Lauri Stallings and Dutch artist Alicia Framis. Six of the eight works have been created especially for this project, and all of them—whether performative, participatory, or perceptual—respond to the unique features of this section of the Park, as well as to the multitude of ways in which the Park’s landscape, history, and uses are animated through daily life.
With works ranging from a fishing boat plying the Harlem Meer, to an ice cream truck dispensing treats in the colors of the sunset, to a choreographed journey through the Park’s North Woods, Drifting in Daylight playfully twists our everyday experience of the Park, awakening our senses and provoking us to pay more acute attention to this cherished landscape. In so doing, the exhibition engages and pays tribute to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s masterpiece and the powerful civic vision behind it.
Cielo, the Spanish word for “sky,” can also mean “heaven” or “paradise.” With Cartas al Cielo, a large stainless-steel globe that reflects Earth and sky, multi-disciplinary artist Alicia Framis reminds us that the act of gazing skyward can be a form of contemplation, hope, desire, desperation, or perhaps the ethereal. Complete with a mail slot and accompanied by postcards, Cartas al Cielo, which will be sited in the East 102 Street Landscape, encourages park goers to write and send their own letters to those with no earthly address.
About Creative Time
Since its founding in 1974, Creative Time has worked with the world’s best contemporary artists—including Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Nick Cave, Maya Lin, and Kara Walker—to commission, produce, and present public art projects that engage the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our times. Though based in New York, the nonprofit’s innovative artworks are experienced by millions of people around the globe. The National Alliance for Media Art and Culture recently named Creative Time the best arts organization in the country. For more information, visit: creativetime.org.
About Central Park Conservancy
Central Park Conservancy restores, manages, and enhances Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. A private nonprofit organization founded in 1980, Central Park Conservancy raises 75% of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful. The Conservancy is committed to sharing its world-class urban park management practices both locally and globally.