Photos by G. Various Artists.
Recently, the Happy Famous Artists were in town and they turned me on to the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Gail and I went on an urban adventure to sunny Queens and checked out a really cool exhibit entitled “Do It (Outside).” [Side note: you can see more photos of this exhibit from Worley Gig, Happy Famous Artists or the official Socrates website by clicking the links above.]
A selection of artists (including Robert Ashley, Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, John Baldessari, Yto Barrada, Robert Barry, Jerome Bel, Mel Bochner, Minerva Cuevas, Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, William Forsythe, Paul-Armand Gette, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Konstantin Grcic, Anna Halprin, Cristina Iglesias, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Adriana Lara, Bertrand Lavier, Xavier Le Roy, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Anibal Lopez, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Enzo Mari, Paul McCarthy, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Lygia Pape, Nicolas Paris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cedric Price, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Eszter Salamon, Tomas Saraceno, Peter Saville, Kazuyo Sejima, . Shimabuku, Gabriel Sierra, Andreas Slominski, Michael Smith, Nancy Spero, Hugo Suter, Anton Vidokle, Hannah Weinberger, Ai Weiwei, Franz West, Erwin Wurm) have written out instructions to be interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public, as you can see above.
If you are looking for a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, take the N train out to Queens and enjoy this beautiful park with nice views of the city and in addition, if sculptures are your thing, you are walking distance from the Noguchi Museum (more to come on that).
Gail and I had fun interacting with the art on an extremely hot but gorgeous day.
“Do It (Outside)” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist only runs through July 7, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to see and interact with a lot of great art.
Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City and is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset.