Month-long Groundskeeping Performance Begins Today in Madison Square Park

10/02/2009 2:34 PM |

Bill Beirne in The Vigilant Groundskeeper

Typically, Madison Square Park‘s art program prioritizes massive installations and sculptures (like the current striped forms by Mel Kendrick), but today the popular public park becomes a performance venue. Bill Beirne, whose video and performance art has been featured at P.S.1 and SculptureCenter, will be playing The Vigilant Groundskeeper today through October 30 (Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, 3pm-6pm) in the public performance Madison Square Trapezoids (rendered at right). The 68-year-old New York-based artist will turn the oft-overlooked labor of groundskeepers, horticulturists and maintenance crews into a kind of absurd routine, performing quixotic variations on typical park staff duties.