Free outdoor art
Combine art with the joy of autumn at gratis outdoor exhibits.
Tue Oct 21 2008
Chanel Mobile Art in Central Park
Central Park may be a good place to peep leaves, but peeping anything Chanel-related is usually best done on Fifth Avenue. Not so with Mobile Art. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid and constructed of 700 pieces, the futuristic orb houses an exhibition in which 20 contemporary artists reinvent Chanel’s signature quilted handbag. Mobile Art has already touched down in Tokyo and Hong Kong, and will travel to London and Moscow after it ends its stint in Rumsey Playfield on November 9. Until then, you can catch the “contemporary art container” free of charge, provided you can snag one of the timed tickets, available at chanel-mobileart.com.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, midpark at 71st St (chanel-mobileart.com). Through Nov 9. Mon–Thu 8:30am–6pm; Fri, Sat 8:30am–9pm; Sun 8:30am–8pm.
Pulse Park in Madison Square Park
If the sight of falling leaves and the smell of fresh air make your heart beat faster, turn those pitter-patters into a personalized public art show with Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive light installation Pulse Park. Two sculptures equipped with sensors will monitor visitors’ heart rates, then transmit the data to 200 spotlights placed around the perimeter of the green. Though Lozano-Hemmer has shown his work in more than three dozen countries, Pulse Park marks his American debut. Just don’t stop by with your secret crush, lest your racing pulse be projected for all to see.
Madison Square Park, 23rd St at Broadway (madisonsquarepark.org). Fri 24–Nov 17. Daily dusk–10pm.
Jenny Holzer projections at the Guggenheim Museum
To celebrate the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright building, the museum commissioned Holzer to create For the Guggenheim, a light projection of the artist’s writings and other poems, which cascades over the museum’s exterior curves every Friday evening. For the best view, snag the bench on the park side of Fifth Avenue and watch the words stream by.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3500, guggenheim.org). Through Dec 31. Fri (except Fri 24) dusk–11pm.
Gilbert & George films in Times Square
Performance artists with a penchant for nudity and general political incorrectness, Gilbert & George are currently enjoying a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. But to catch the work of these British provocateurs in motion, head to Times Square. Creative Time is hosting screenings of the duo’s early films A Portrait of the Artists as Young Men (1972) and The Nature of Our Looking (1970) on an outdoor, high-definition screen at Broadway and 44th Street. The location might not be the best place to kick up your heels and relax, but at least you’ll get a dose of culture amid the chaos.
Through Nov 14; for a complete schedule, visit creativetime.org/at445.
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