MADISON SQUARE PARK HOSTS AN ECLECTIC MIX OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS IN THE PARK
2016 MAD. SQ. PUBLIC PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED
New York, NY — Madison Square Park Conservancy today announced the schedule of summer 2016 Mad. Sq. Park Public Programs. Mad. Sq. Park’s public programs connect visitors in engaging ways to the Park’s art exhibitions, gardens, green spaces, pathways, sculptures, and history. Through lively art talks and horticulture walks, entertaining performances, concerts and festivals, hands-on activities, and unexpected moments, visitors may find that there is more to Mad. Sq. Park than meets the eye.
Mad. Sq. Art programming and performances are designed to accompany Martin Puryear’s Big Bling, which opened on May 16. Visitors can join lively discussions around Big Bling and public art with guest artists and art thinkers at Art Talks. Art Talks will will be held July 5 with Billie Tsien, August 2 with Brooke Kamin Rapaport, September 6 with Andrew Russeth, and October 18 with Kimberly Drew. Art Talks take place at 6 pm on the Oval Lawn near Big Bling. On Wednesdays from 12pm to 12:30pm, explore Big Bling up close at an Art Tour with a dedicated Mad. Sq. Art Docent, through August 24.
Around the Park @Lunch series takes place weekly on Wednesdays around Farragut Monument. The series began on June 8 with It’s Showtime NYC, a dance celebration of New York City street culture. On June 29 James Brandon Lewis Trio performs. On July 6, spoken words artists and DJs from the Nuyorican Poets Café perform slam poetry about urban life, public art, and green space. The series concludes July 13 with a pop up mobile street studio Found Sound Nation.
Around the Park @Nite series takes place park wide weekly beginning on June 16 with harpist Brandee Younger. On July 7, composer/ electroacoustic violist Martha Mooke performs and on July 21 Akim Funk Buddha brings a cross-cultural music and dance party to the Park. On Friday, August 5 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence hosts a public choreography workshop followed by a collective dance performance. Composer Phyllis Chen performs on the toy piano on August 18 and the series concludes in the Fall with David Thomson’s immersive performance installation, The Voyeurs, September 15, 16, and 18 at 6pm.
From June 9 – 19 Mad. Sq. Park is home to a Sing for Hope Piano. A piano was placed in the Northwest corner wall near 25th Street for all to play. The Park also participates in Make Music New York on June 21. At 12:30 pm, the trio Triangulus bring handmade string instruments to the Park and to perform. At 3:30 pm composer and drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) conducts Shimmer, a Mass Appeal composition for a communal orchestra of 20 cymbals and at 6:30 pm Chase joins electronic harpist and improviser Zeena Parkins for a contemporary duet performance.
Mad. Sq. Hort joins with the Municipal Art Society to celebrate the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs. Take a Jane’s Walk in the Park—or all seven, and learn about Mad. Sq. Park through the lens of Jacobs on Sundays beginning in May. A kick-off celebration will take place on Jane’s Walk Weekend, Friday May 6 with two walks. Mad. Sq. Hort will also host Hort Talks on Tuesdays at noon with our Director of Horticulture and park gardeners. The talks will explore seasonal blooms in the Park. On June 25 Madison Square Park celebrates Hydrangea Hurrah, a family friendly Mad. Sq. Hort day with guest speakers, park tours, floral demos, a kids’ zone with games, and musical entertainment.
Thanks to Mad. Sq. Public Programming sponsors: New York Life, Con Edison, Credit Suisse Foundation, Lego, Ace Hotel New York, Park South Hotel, Time Out New York, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Full lineups of @Lunchtime, @Nite, Jane’s Walks in the Park, Horticulture Talks
Around the Park @Lunch
June 29, 12:30 pm – James Brandon Lewis Trio (music)
July 6, 12:30 pm – Nuyorican Poets Cafe (spoken word)
July 13, 12:30 pm – Found Sound Nation – Street Studio (music)
Around the Park @Nite
June 16, 7:00 pm – Brandee Younger (music)
July 7, 7:00 pm – Martha Mooke (music)
July 21, 7:00 pm – Akim Funk Buddha (dance)
August 5, 6:00 pm – Ronald K. Brown/Evidence workshop at 6 pm, collective performance at 7pm (dance)
August 18, 7:00 pm – Phyllis Chen (music)
Sept 15, 16 at 6:00 pm, and 18, 2:00 pm – David Thomson – The Voyeurs (performance)
Jane’s Walk in the Park
June 19, 3:00 pm – Madison Square Park in the Time of Edith Wharton–and Today, led by architectural historian Francis Morrone
July 17, 3:00 pm – The History of Madison Square Park: Baseball, Barnum and The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, led by Levy NY’s Mark Levy
August 28, 3:00 pm – Vibrancy by Design – Madison Square Park as a Thriving Public Space, led by Urban Planner Moses Gates
September 18, 3:00 pm – Madison Sq. Park and the Urban Forest, led by Trees New York’s Sam Bishop
June 21 – Hydrangeas
July 19 – Summer Annuals
August 16 – Texas Plants @ Worth Square
September 20 – Perennials
October 18 – Trees
About Madison Square Park Conservancy
Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. The Conservancy is committed to engaging the community through its beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming. Madison Square Park Conservancy is licensed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Madison Square Park and is responsible for raising 98% of the funds necessary to operate the Park, including the brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, sanitation, security, and free cultural programs for Park visitors of all ages. madisonsquarepark.org