Art in the Park

Fort Tryon Park and its dramatic landscape and architecture along with its renowned museum, the Cloisters, lends itself to being used as a performance space and gallery. The Fort Tryon Park Trust sponsors events, workshops, temporary public art and concerts to engage local artists and inspire visitors.

Current Exhibits: "Evolving Terrain" with NYC Parks & NoMAA

Evolving Terrain brings together four artists’ work, placed throughout Fort Tryon Park. The show includes work by artists Anthony Heinz May, Audrey Shachnow, Tom Monsees, and Matthias Neumann. Their work addresses the natural landscape within an ever-changing city, and hopes to create a dialogue between communities, artists, and nature, and the ways in which the natural realm supports the built environment.

This exhibition is presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Audrey Shachnow, Golden Pears

Audrey Shachnow, Golden Pears

Cloister’s Triangle

August 22, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Audrey Shachnow makes large scale sculptures with the purpose of creating beauty in everyday objects. Her large scale installation of “Golden Pears” highlights the connection between the importance of the earth's natural environment and its ability to support the food we grow to sustain life. The Golden Pears invite a dialogue between the trees and the park setting, reminding us of the importance of preserving nature.

Anthony Heinz May, Persieverrance

Anthony Heinz May, Persieverrance

Broadway/Bennett Lawn

August 22, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Persieverrance is an intentionally misspelled version of the word perseverance. Containing three parts (per-sieve-errance) the word-jam sounds phonetically like perseverance, but misspelled to engage in this compositional reconstruction of natural tree waste found in the park. The title suggests processes observed in the fragmented assemblage and questions relations between nature, humans and technology. The breakdown of the recycled tree trunk into equal-sized units portrays scientific instrumentality involved in the removal of natural material from cycles that benefit all life on Earth, for human salvation and profiteering.

Matthias Neumann, bench V (basics)

Matthias Neumann, bench V (basics)

August 22, 2016 to January 1, 2017

“bench V (basics)” is a site-specific installation that continues the artists’s “basics” series of work, exploring an abstracted notion of form, material, space and utility. “Basics” is based on a constructive logic of additive 2x4 wood studs that allow a monumentality through every-day means. The work can be experienced both as an abstract sculptural gesture and interactive spatial environment. “Basics” encourages an uncertainty in the dialog between the viewer and the work, opening possibilities in the public quality and appropriation of the work. The temporality of the site-specific intervention is mirrored by the material and constructive logic of the work.

Tom Monsees, Tripod

Tom Monsees, Tripod

August 22, 2016 to January 1, 2017

‘Tripod’ is made up of three casts of a found piece of rotting wood. It is remade in ghostly matte white in reference to death masks and a homage to the object’s prior life. The wood is elevated to a place of honor generally reserved for well known, and/or well regarded, human subjects.

Columnade

Columnade

The abstract artwork by Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar consists of two rows of 17-foot high, linear, cast-concrete columns that link in a continuous serpentine form. The sculpture commission was initiated in 1972 through Mayor John V. Lindsay’s Neighborhood Action Program in cooperation with the Washington Heights-Marble Hill community organization. A competition sponsored by the Public Arts Council and the Municipal Art Society, and an Environmental Art Program of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs awarded Ramirez the commission and a $5,000 prize for his artistic services.

Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar was a Colombian painter and sculptor working at the height of geometric abstraction in Latin America. Villamizar has received a number of awards throughout his life, such as the Guggenheim Prize for Colombia in 1958. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Villamizar became a regular on the international scene centered in New York City, with art shows at galleries and exhibits at the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum. Additionally, he has a museum dedicated to him in Pamplona, Spain and is best known to Americans for his sculpture outside the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

This sculpture is decidedly contemporary in both form and materials. Made of industrial supplies, Columnade was fabricated by Kenvil Newcrete Products and installed in the park in January and February of 1973.
In 2014, the Fort Tryon Park Trust partnered with NYC Parks’ Arts & Antiquities Division on the restoration of the park’s permanent public art, the Columnade, just East of the New Leaf Café adjacent to Sir Williams Dog Run. 

Temporary Public Art

The Fort Tryon Park Trust with NYC Parks offers key support to artists and promotes temporary public art installations. If you are interested in submitting a project for installation in Fort Tryon Park, please visit NYC Parks Arts & Antiquities Temporary Public Art Program

Art Making in the Park

The Trust offers art workshops along with various artists often affiliated with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA). Photography workshops have been hosted and led by Benjy Sweet and Naturalist Mike Feller. One of the Trust’s key partners is Skraptacular, an organization which educates and inspires children with art making of recyclables at events such as the Annual Shearing of the Heathers, our Earth Day Festival in Anne Loftus Playground and at Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day, which the Trust sponsors in Fort Tryon Park’s sister park, Inwood Hill Park. 

Performances

The Fort Tryon Park Trust in partnership with NYC Parks hosts a variety of musical and dance performances. The Isadora Duncan Dance Workshop is a popular free outdoor performance event for audiences of all ages and is followed by a children’s sample dance class.  For a relaxing afternoon under our majestic Elms, join us for the Annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz concert every Summer. We also help arts flourish in the park as one of the sponsors of the Scandia Symphony June concert series. The Trust also enlists local actors and musicians for the Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington Margaret Corbin tour, and our Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser.

For more information on how to bring your performance or concert to Fort Tryon Park, contact us at info@forttryonparktrust.org  

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