Saturday: Central Park to Celebrate 50 Years of Public Art With Festival


Among the most famous public art in Central Park was The Gates.

The city is putting on a free festival in Central Park on Saturday to celebrate 50 years of public art, holding performances and more in the East Pinetum field at 84th Street behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Inspired by the fleeting, free-flowing art “happenings” that popped up in parks across New York City in the 1960s, “It’s Happening!” will capture the same spontaneous spirit with 50 pieces of public artwork on display, approximately 50 performances and workshops. Parks will transform Central Park’s beautiful East Pinetum field into a museum, art studio and stage for a day of public art to celebrate this milestone.

The schedule and more info is below. It will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Stage Performances

11 a.m.: James Lovell, Bronx Music Heritage Center

Noon: Dances for a Variable Population, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

1 p.m.: Taiwanese American Arts Council

Sculpture Garden Performances/Activities

11:30 a.m.: Leenda Bonilla reading program

12:15 p.m.: The Moving Company

1 p.m.: Limón Dance Company, free modern dance class

Every Hour: DB Lampman, sculptural performance

Every Hour: Daniele Frazier, drawing lesson

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    1. Lis Krosov says:

      I enjoyed the time The Gates was here as l had a nice time walking with a friend and her dog, Emperor, through Central Park, feeling safe and happy.

    2. Hands Off Central Park says:

      Re: “Among the most famous public art in Central Park was The Gates.”

      Famous for desecrating our beloved park just to satisfy the ego of a self-described “artist” !

      From Wikipedia:
      “The Gates were greeted with mixed reactions. Some people loved them …; others hated them, accusing them of defacing the landscape.

      It was seen as an obstruction to bicyclists, who felt that the gates could cause accidents, ….

      The artists received a great deal of their nationwide fame as a frequent object of ridicule by David Letterman, as well as by Keith Olbermann, whose apartment was nearby.”

      • Mark says:

        Maybe you would be happier some place like Nebraska or Kansas where you’re likely to avoid people taking chances with art.
        It sounds like NYC might be to risky and unpredictable for you.

        • Ye Olde Englishe Teachere says:

          Re: “people taking chances with art.
          It sounds like NYC might be to risky and unpredictable for you.”

          Creatives “taking chances with art” sounds fine … in a GALLERY or MUSEUM (read “Whitney Biennial” and/or “New Museum” or any gallery in Chelsea or The L.E.S.) where people can CHOOSE to go or not go.

          BUT NOT “SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROATS” by desecrating a PUBLIC SPACE” with some crackpot idea just to stroke a self-described artiste’s enormous ego!

          Oh, and about your “NYC might be to risky”:
          In this case it’s “too risky”, NOT “to risky”, as many a Language Arts teacher probably TRIED to teach you.

          • Mark says:

            You seem highly emotional. I hope your day gets better.

          • UWSHebrew says:

            Kudos Ye!

            • Mark Misener says:

              I hope you both have successfully recovered from the trauma you experienced from The Gates.
              It was clearly disturbing to you and your heightened emotions after 12 years after the trauma of it all is evident.
              It must be hard to be such eternal victims.

    3. Wendy says:

      I loathed the idea , & the bright orange color of : The Gates. I’ve done some lovely art work. Need to check the spelling of 3 Wimmin artists to recommend….Central Park was probably quieter @ 1956.

    4. dannyboy says:

      My family enjoyed Saturday’s art festival in the Park. No gates anywhere.

    5. UWSHebrew says:

      emperor’s new clothes. nonsense for lemmings.

    6. lynn says:

      LOL @ ‘It was seen as an obstruction to bicyclists, who felt that the gates could cause accidents, ….’

      Always with the bicyclists! 😉

    7. james says:

      this site is better without the comment section. what nasty neighbors i live amongst.

      • meanspiritedUWS says:

        Seriously. Believe me, none of the people would have the guts to say any of these things in real life in the tone they portray here. Social media sucks that way.

        • UWSHebrew says:

          I will tell anyone and everyone exactly what I state on here in person. These orange monstrosities are the second-worst thing to happen to Central Park (first is the recent crime wave).

    8. Sean says:

      The Gates was sheer idiocy. Just another opportunity to sell t-shirts. Real NYC is a slice of pizza.