NYC Design Safari

Socrates Sculpture Park Visit!

Posted on December 9, 2020 | posted by: vespa522

Founded by Mark di Suvero in 1986, this park is a community engaged and accessible art space dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public artworks. Located in  Astoria Queens, the park is committed to serving artists from early-career to international renown by providing an open platform for public art and encouraging unfettered ambition in scale and subject matter. The vast majority of artworks exhibited at Socrates are built on-site in the outdoor artist studio space, this gives visitors the unique opportunity to witness the intensive art making process. As well as showcasing artworks, Socrates plans out other community engaged activities such as live performances, cinema, educational workshops and healthy living activities. This week our guest was Audrey Dimola. Her work catches flame at the intersections of multidisciplinary art, ceremony and ritual, community and nature (re)connection, improvisation and radical vulnerability. She currently is the Director of the Public Programs at Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park.

Adapting to the current times… 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was time for an emergency strategy – a different way of thinking and a different approach. Thinking about how we center our soul and our heart work in everything that we do instead of separating it. Exposing people to these modalities, which the park finds healing and resourceful for them. Thinking how we use this space, needing to be aware and intentional of what we are doing. They really want to be intentional about what Socrates is doing and promote a responsibility to the public. 

Their current exhibition, Monuments Now, is on display until March 2021. The multi media artworks on display seek to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.