Slated to open on Friday, May 15th at New York City’s Central Park, “Drifting in Daylight” with its pathway of art winding through the world’s most iconic park is the center piece of Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary celebration.
Free to the public, the exhibition aims to draw visitors into the park’s beautiful North end, much of which has been expertly restored by the Conservancy. Co-curated by Cara Starke and Nato Thompson, the six-weekend show will tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences. The exhibition runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 6pm until June 20th.
Artists including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, and Lauri Stallings will invite guests to explore Northern Central Park landscape features such as the Harlem Meer, Great Hill, and Conservatory Gardens. The exhibition sets sail from the lakeside Dana Discovery Center, set atop the park’s Northeastern Harlem Meer near the corner of 110th Street and the world-famous Fifth Avenue.
Co-curator Cara Starke, Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time, states, “Eight artists have conjured eight alluring, challenging interpretations of our everyday park experience. Drifting in Daylight invites the public on a springtime stroll of artworks that punctuate and playfully mimic New York’s urban oasis.”
To further aid the exhibition, Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa, Women’s Creative Director, and Italo Zucchelli, Men’s Creative Director, will host an exclusive invitation-only dinner on Thursday, May 14th in celebration of the unveiling.
Diners will flank the tranquil shores of the Harlem Meer, where the whimsical artwork S.S. Hangover, a meandering musical fishing boat by artist Ragnar Kjartansson¬, will sail during Drifting in Daylight as one of eight site-specific transformations.
Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park will exhibit works of art within one of the world’s masterpieces of landscape architecture. This performative, interactive, and sculptural outdoor group exhibition will inspire the park’s visitors to dream in public. Expect unexpected twists that harmoniously engage this “Adirondacks for the everyday person,” while celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s and Calvert Vaux’s groundbreaking design.
IMAGE CREDIT: © Sara Cedar Miller + Central Park Conservancy