Socrates Sculpture Park The East River waterfront location is one of the only places where you can see really large-scale outdoor sculpture in New York. They even have an outdoor film series in the summer. Studio in the Park at Riverside Park Eleven works of contemporary art are on view simultaneously along the four-mile stretch of park along the Hudson River. Madison Square Park: Ursula von Rydingsvard This summer, while you’re encouraging that heart attack with a burger from Shake Shack, be sure to look up and appreciate the artist’s large, beautiful, cedar sculptures. -Patricia Milder
3 Best Art/Party Combination Experiences Warm Up at P.S. 1 It’s worth a trip to Queens once a summer to drink, dance and check out the contemporary art museum. This summer, limit your beer intake prior to viewing Into Me/Out of Me, unless you have a strong stomach and a thing for self-inflicted pain and grotesque bodily functions. Consider this your warning. 22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City DUMBO Gallery Walk Every first Thursday of the month, from June through Nov, DUMBO’s galleries are open to the public with receptions and live music, and the involvement of local bars and restaurants. Mars Bar This divier-than-thou bar is cool because they always exhibit interesting though somewhat questionable art on the walls. And they have cheap beer. 25 E 1st St. -PM
3 Best Graffiti Exhibits of 2006
5 Pointz, the Institute of Higher Burnin’ Across the street from P.S. 1 in Long Island City, this converted warehouse, covered in permission-granted graffiti, now has a curator and hours of operation. Jackson Ave at Crane and Davis Sts, Long Island City “Graffiti” at the Brooklyn Museum The widely hyped show, consisting of 20 large-scale graffiti paintings, explores the concept of a subversive art form becoming legitimized. I suppose just by existing. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn Martinez Gallery presents “School Zone” at the Urban Academy at Julia Richman High School. Old School writers like Tracy 168 and Coco 144, as well as new artists, covered the walls and ceiling of a classroom with art. 317 E 67th St.