‘Prismatic Park’ at Madison Square Park, Manhattan | BLOUIN ARTINFO


‘Prismatic Park’ at Madison Square Park, Manhattan

Josiah McElheny's 'Prismatic Park' (2017)
(Courtesy: Madison Square Conservancy)

Madison Square Park in Manhattan is hosting an exhibition, titled “Prismatic Park,” through October 8, 2017. The outdoor exhibition features three colorful structures by visual artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Josiah McElheny.

The three exquisite sculptures in painted wood and prismatic glass—minimal, almost architectural forms- will create new spaces within the verdant park for the creation of music, dance, and poetry: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry.

Each will refract the surrounding natural light, beckoning the passerby and regular park visitor. The three structures will form open, stage-like platforms—in both the physical and metaphorical sense—for collaborating choreographers, dancers, musicians, and poets, who will be working next to them, on them, and under them in the summer of 2017.

Madison Square Park is collaborating with three nonprofit organizations based in New York City: Blank Forms, Danspace Project and Poets House, reports The New York Times. The exhibition will also be graced by American-born choreographer, Netta Yerushalmy, who will be experimenting with movement and negotiating her relationship with onlookers and passers-by on McElheny’s reflective green stage through October 13, 2017.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.