Art In The Park: The US Guide

As temperatures slowly but surely rise, people emerge from their winter hibernation to welcome the approaching summer. While museum visits are typically an indoor activity, we have explored ways for you to satisfy your museum cravings and simultaneously be outdoors. Art aficionados should, therefore, venture to the northeast coast of the United States and explore the sculpture parks. A fantastic way to bask in the summer sun whilst appreciating the work of some exceptional artists.

Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106

Situated just three miles from New York City, Socrates Sculpture Park operates as a perfect museum escape for city dwellers. The main attraction this summer will be Nari Ward’s exhibition, entitled “G.O.A.T., again”. The display will debut on June 3rd 2017 and be curated across the entirety of the park’s thirty acres. Although “G.O.A.T., again” does not launch until June, the park officially opened its gates to visitors in April. Visitors of Socrates Sculpture Park may also partake in tours and gardening activities.

Storm King Art Center 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553

The Storm King Art Center, located just an hour drive north of New York City, exhibits modern and contemporary art, with a focus on large-scale sculptures throughout its generous five-hundred-acre property. For more than fifty years, the venue has sought to facilitate a dynamic and unique environment to contemplate art in nature. As Storm King is recognized as one of the leading sculpture parks in the world, it will continue this tradition with its 2017 exhibitions: David Smith: The White Sculptures and Outlooks: Heather Hart.  Both displays focus on color and nature.

The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International1405 County Rt.22, Ghent, NY 12075

The Field Sculpture Park at Omi International is located in upstate Ghent, NY, between the Catskills and Hudson River Valley and presents annually rotating exhibitions of internationally renowned contemporary artists. Field Sculpture Park exhibits nearly eighty different artists’ works and also offer various educational programs and lectures. Summer 2017 exhibitions include: Summer and Winter by Alison Saar and Kianja Strobert’s and Jason Middlebrook’s Fat Bike Project. Fat Bike Project is a collaboration between the artists and Velo Domestique Bicycle shops and seeks to examine the role of the artist and what it means to be a creator.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

deCordova is the largest museum of its kind in New England, with a mission to become the preeminent sculpture park in the area by 2020.  The park hosts a continuously rotating body of around sixty works, while the museum’s indoors has an exciting slate of ever-changing exhibitions and innovative programming. Opening at the end of May is the work of Platform 19’s Letha Wilson: Hawaii California Steel. This exhibition fuses photography with large scale sculpture and draws inspiration from the artist’s visit to Joshua Tree, California and Kauai island, Hawaii.

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