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This LES bodega is actually an art installation
There you are, baked out of your mind, stumbling around Seward Park, thinking to yourself, ‘I could really use some churros right about now,’ when suddenly, you spot a bodega…in the middle of the park! No it's not your stoned imagination, but no it's not really a bodega either: It's an art installation by Lower East Side photographers, James & Karla Murray. Via The Lo-Down, the piece is a group of nearly life size photos of four mom-and-pop storefronts joined together to form the front, sides and back of a rectangular structure. It's one of ten outdoor art projects being installed this summer in parks across the city as part of a two-year program underwritten by clothing retailer UNIQLO. Each of the stores depicted has gone out of businesses and they represent just some of the local enterprises fallen prey to gentrification that the couple have documented in their elegiac 2008 book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York. Expect the "store" to pop up in June; just remember: No churros. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
A giant mural featuring colorful versions of the Statue of Liberty is coming to the High Line
Spring is just around the corner, which means new public art projects are in bloom, including a colorful mural on the High Line painted by Dorothy Iannone, an American ex-pat artist who lives in Berlin. Called I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, the piece pays homage to the Statue of Liberty, portraying The Lady In The Harbor as a trio of figures rendered in different eye-popping palettes with the titular line—taken from the Emma Lazarus poem engraved on a plaque inside the statue's base—written above them. While Iannone is known for rendering frankly sexual scenes in a style that combines Pop and Folk Art, here, she seems to weigh in on the hotly-debated topic of immigration using unabashedly patriotic imagery. The piece, which opens in March, is installed on the High Line adjacent to West 22nd Street in Chelsea and will be on view for a year. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
The Met announces its rooftop art commission for 2018
By now, the art installations commissioned annually for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop garden have become as much of a fixture of New York City summers as that goo that leaks out of dumpsters in the heat of August. This year will be no exception: The Met has just announced that Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha has been selected to create the latest site-specific project to accompany the roof's sweeping views of Central Park and Midtown. Huma Bhabha, installation view, 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, Venice, Italy Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York While details of the work are unavailable, it will be called We Come in Peace, a title that suits the artist's totemic sculptures, which often have an otherworldly, sci-fi presence. The exhibit runs April 17–Oct 28, and if you're a New York State residence, you can get in to see in by paying what you wish. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
A series of eerie sculptures is taking over Madison Square Park this spring
From glowing installations to monuments big on bling, Madison Square Park has become one of NYC's go-to destinations for outdoor art. And starting May 7, the park welcomes its 36th project: A group of six new sculptures by the Syrian-born Brooklyn artist, Diana Al-Hadid. Titled “Delirious Matter,” it's the artist’s first major public art project. Spread out over Madison Square Park, the commissioned works include two wall works combined with hedgerows to form a room, a trio of reclining female figures installed on the lawns and a site-specific sculptural bust atop a mountainous form rising from the Madison Square Park's northern reflecting pool. Hadid's work could be described as a haunting mix of fragmentary figuration and abstraction that comments on array of subjects including history, globalism and the human condition. “Delirious Matter” will be up until September 3, so be sure to check it out. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.