Roxy Paine, Conjoined, Defunct, and Erratic, 2007. Stainless steel, view of works installed at Madison Square Park.

Public Art in New York City Parks: Celebrating 40 Years

In 2007, the New York City Department of Parks celebrated the 40th anniversary of its public art program with a documentary gallery exhibition and a city-wide series of outdoor installations. The indoor show, a compelling walk through history, was curated by Jonathan Kuhn, director of Art and Antiquities at New York Parks and Recreation. “The Outdoor Gallery: 40 Years of Public Art in New York City Parks,” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, consisted of archival images, ephemera, and maquettes. The guest book was full of comments expressing enthusiasm and surprise at the amount and the quality of city-sponsored public art.