Spring/Summer 2009 Programs
From Saturday May 9 until Saturday, September 26
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
SPRING/SUMMER 2009 EXHIBITION, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
All of the exhibitions and programs listed below are FREE and open to the public. To view the complete schedule click here or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.
EXHIBITIONS State Fair May 10 - August 2, 2009 Opening Sunday, May 10 · 2 PM - 6 PM (rain or shine) Margarita Cabrera · Jennifer Cecere · Emily Feinstein · Charles Gute · Jeanine Oleson · Risa Puno · Dana Sherwood & The Black Forest Fancies · Stephen Shore · Jason Simon · William Stone · Bernard Williams
This year's spring exhibition centers around American rural life and uses the platform of the state fair as a means to examine topics such as animal husbandry, specialized horticulture, small scale farming, culinary arts, and the pageantry within these fields that occurs at fairgrounds across the country. The show will also incorporate work that references traditional craft, and the myriad of amusements, rides, competitions and entertainment that are presented as part of state fairs. Opening Day Performances at State Fair: Dana Sherwood & The Black Forrest Fancies present CAKEWALK, an old-fashioned, country fair-style cakewalk with a twist! Participation is open to all. Visitors will be invited to play at the start of the game at 4pm. The Big Apple Showdown Spectacular by Risa Puno Celebrate your everyday city skills and knowledge with urban themed games like "The Masters of Multi-Tasking," a timed obstacle course where players scramble to send text messages, balance coffee, eat pizza and more! Visitors can register to participate on-site and should wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Games will take place throughout the opening reception on Sunday, May 10. Also opening on Sunday, May 10 · 2 PM - 6 PM (rain or shine) Open Space: Pentti Monkkonen Temple of Dionysos, 2009 May 10 - August 2, 2009
Float Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30, 12 PM - Sunset (rain or shine) A series of temporary, ephemeral and interactive artworks installed and performed throughout the Park. Check website for listings of special projects and programming.
FILM SERIES Outdoor Cinema 2009: Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Queens Wednesday, July 15 - August 19 · 7 PM (weather permitting)
Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Museum of the Moving Image, presents the 11th annual outdoor international film festival. Each evening focuses on a different country or culture and visitors are invited to sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass, listen to performances by local musicians, and enjoy the cool waterfront breeze as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline and watch exceptional international films on an outdoor screen. Stay tuned! A week-to-week film and performance schedule will be emailed to you soon, and will be posted on www.socratessculpturepark.org.
State Fair panel Sunday, May 31 · 3PM - 4:30PM (rain or shine) Join Socrates Sculpture Park staff and exhibiting artists in the Park's outdoor studio for a presentation and discussion about the State Fair exhibition. Space is limited, please call Marichris Ty, Exhibition Program Manager, to register: 718. 956.1819 x 14. LIC Bike Parade Saturday, June 6 (rain or shine) 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Workshops · 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Parade Socrates Sculpture Park presents the 2nd annual LIC Bike Parade, in collaboration with Bike New York, Free Style Arts Association, Friends of Queensbridge Park, Green Shores NYC, Materials for the Arts, Partnerships for Parks, Recycle-A-Bicycle and Transportation Alternatives. Children and families are invited to celebrate LIC and the 100th birthday of the Queensboro Bridge with bike decorating workshops, free bike helmet fittings and giveaways with the Department of Transportation-Traffic Safety Division, riding safety tips and bike repairs. The parade begins at 2 PM with a special performance by the Sunnyside Drum Corp, cyclists from Circus Amok and City Reliquary's Civic Riders Bicycle Club. Summer Solstice Celebration Sunday, June 21 · 5 PM - Sunset (rain or shine) Bring your friends and family to Socrates Sculpture Park's 8th annual Solstice event to welcome the summer and celebrate the longest day of the year! Be creative in solstice artmaking workshops with artists from Materials for the Arts, The Noguchi Museum, The Queens Museum of Art and Socrates Sculpture Park; have fun with Free Style Arts Association; get your face painted by Agostino Arts; enjoy a kayak ride with Long Island City Community Boathouse; participate in a special solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna; sample foods from local restaurants at the 1st annual Taste of Astoria, have a picnic and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline! Makers Market Saturday, June 27: 11 AM - 7 PM Sunday, June 28: 11 AM - 5 PM (rain or shine) Presented in a series of large tents within the Park's spring exhibition, State Fair, Makers Market is an open air marketplace featuring a curated selection of skillfully crafted products, including textiles, ceramics, glass ware, jewelry, furniture, and many unique, handmade items and small run productions. Presented in partnership with American Craft Magazine, the Noguchi Museum and R 20th Century. EDUCATION FITNESS
Yoga in the Park Saturdays, May 9 - September 19 (rain or shine) First session: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Second session: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Socrates offers free Kripalu Yoga, a system of Hatha Yoga that integrates body postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Taught by Monique Schubert, participants are encouraged to integrate their yoga practices with this very special waterfront environment of nature and art. Suitable for all experience levels. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Capoeira in the Park Saturdays, May 9 - September 19 ·12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (rain or shine) Capoeira is a lively martial art that originated in Brazil over 450 years ago. Self defense techniques are concealed by graceful dance moves and spectacular acrobatics set to music. Taught by Professor Abará, classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Pilates in the Park Sundays, May 10 - September 20 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (rain or shine) Classical Pilates encourages proper breathing, spinal alignment, core strengthening, muscle flexibility and balance in the body. Taught in the Park by Courtnie Vitali, participants will leave feeling empowered and stress free. Tai Chi in the Park Sundays, May 10 - September 20 ·11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (rain or shine) Led by members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, participants will have the opportunity to relax and exercise among the changing exhibitions of contemporary outdoor sculpture. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. WORKSHOPS
Saturday Sculpture Workshops Saturdays, May 9 - September 26 · 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (rain or shine) Workshops are offered in the education area at Socrates Sculpture Park on a drop in basis. Participants work with a new artist each week, exploring diverse and innovative art mediums. May 2009 workshops are listed below. For a complete schedule, through September, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org. May 9: Felt-zilla with Martine Kaczynski Create a form out of felt, sew or glue it, and stuff it with fabric or beans to make a cuddly monster you can take home and call your own. May 16: Giant Root Structure with Free Style Arts Association Using scotch tape and thousands of colored drinking straws; participants create a giant collaborative art installation that mimics the underground root structure of trees. Kids
become "underground" animals, weaving strands of straws all around them as they work. May 23: Blue Ribbon Garden with Samara Kupferberg Cultivate a blue ribbon vegetable or flower garden using a multitude of vintage fabrics, ribbons and felt. Make your garden treasure 3 dimensional by sewing and stuffing your creation. May 30: Take a Ride with Samara Kupferberg Design your own carnival ride or make an amazing abstraction by constructing a colorful and imaginative woven sculpture using pipe cleaners, wire, and a variety of fabulous yarns and ribbons.
NOTE: Registration is now open for the Summer Outdoor Artmaking Workshops, Socrates' free artist-led workshops. Sessions are open to groups including youth agencies, community groups, summer schools and day camps. For pre-registration details and a complete schedule, click here or visit http://www.socratessculpturepark.org/Education/Education09.htm.
Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today, it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs. The Park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year from 10am to sunset and is located at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. *FOR DIRECTIONS TO SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARKclick here or visit www.hopstop.com (for public transportation) or www.mapquest.com (for driving).
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