THE NEW YORK ARTISTS' MEMORIAL GARDEN
- Date: April 29, 2019 - April 29, 2029
- Location: Jackson Square Park, 8 Ave &, Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
- Partner: White Columns
Art Production Fund and White Columns Present:
“The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden”
In Partnership with NYC Parks
On view at Jackson Square Park, New York - starting April 30, 2019
(New York, NY) Art Production Fund and White Columns, in partnership with NYC Parks, are pleased to present “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden,” a new long term public art project on view and integrated into Jackson Square Park, located at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, starting April 30, 2019.
Based on a curatorial initiative of White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs, “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” is an extension of NYC Parks existing “Adopt-A-Bench” program that allows individuals to create a personal memorial for a loved one in a public space, through the dedication of a park bench.
For “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” Art Production Fund and White Columns invited thirty-four New York- based artists to each dedicate a park bench to an individual – or an entity – that is significant to them. Thirty-four of the benches in Jackson Square Park will feature a simple engraved plaque inscribed with each artist’s personalized dedication.
“The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” subtly transforms an existing public park into a collaborative public artwork, one that celebrates the lives of an extraordinary group of people - from James Baldwin to Maya Deren, and Alice Coltrane to Linda Nochlin - who have, in turn, inspired an extraordinary, and inter-generational group of contemporary artists.
“Art Production Fund is thrilled to partner with White Columns and Parks on this long-term public art project,” said Casey Fremont, Executive Director, Art Production Fund. “The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” is seamlessly integrated into a highly visible and widely used public-park and will be enjoyed by New York City’s diverse communities for years to come.”
"The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden is a public space for contemplation and reflection, a space that mirrors the rhythms of the city and its people,” said Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns. “It is a space for artists - and passersby alike - to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and contributions of others.”
“’The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden’ is a beautiful tribute to the heroes of some of our city’s own creative forces, and we are proud to support it through our Adopt-A-Bench program,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “Throughout our lives, there are countless individuals that deeply impact and inspire us, and this project in Jackson Square is a striking homage to them.”
The participating artists are: Hilton Als, Laurie Anderson, Michel Auder, Judith Bernstein, Barbara Bloom, Mike Cloud, David Diao, Rafael Ferrer, John Giorno, Hans Haacke, K8 Hardy, Rachel Harrison, Mary Heilmann, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Glenn Ligon, Liz Magic Laser, Maggie Lee, Margaret Lee, Zoe Leonard, McDermott & McGough, Jonas Mekas, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Adam Pendleton, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Jessi Reaves, Martha Rosler, Diamond Stingily, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner, T.J. Wilcox, and Jessica Vaughn.