The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) has debuted “Art in the Open,” a new exhibition that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Public Art Fund as it chronicles the works that have transformed New York outside of the traditional confines of museums and galleries from the 1960s to today. The exhibit is on view through May 13, 2018.
Featuring over 125 objects that include renderings, models, photographs, and video footage outlining the creation of public artworks, the exhibition includes examines the work of artists such as Red Grooms, Keith Haring, and Kara Walker that helped shape the last half century of art and innovation across the five boroughs.
“Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like ‘Fraternity’ or ‘Wisdom,’” according to MCNY. “But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York, making this the most robust and vibrant environment for public art in the world.”
Examining a host of alfresco projects staged in the city since 1967, “Art in the Open” underscores the assortment of public art and its role in shaping the public spaces of New York over a 50-year time period.