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If you’ve noticed a recent splash of color and texture growing out of neighborhood parks and venues, what you’re witnessing is the coming of FLUX Art Fair 2016! Last year, we experienced FLUX Fair’s debut at the Corn Exchange Building - it was a weekend we won’t soon forget. This year, for its second installment, FLUX presents ALL Public Art Projects from May 3 – 31, 2016 at various sites throughout Harlem’s parks and boulevards. Primary locations include Lenox and Fifth Avenues, Marcus Garvey Park, Eugene McCabe Field, Harlem Art Park, and Harlem Grown farm on 127th Street.
FLUX Public Art Projects brings together original works by over 40 innovative artists, in response to this year’s curatorial theme: Changing Landscapes. The topic invited exploration of and inquiry about the concept of landscape and the forces that create change. Featured sculptures and site-specific installations have been created in response to their immediate environments while highlighting Harlem’s creative spirit and cultural significance. Michael Kelly Williams’ Liturgy for Lenox Lounge, for instance, sits across from the unoccupied site of the famed establishment and pays homage to its great musical legacy. The Fair also encompasses Suprina Kenney’s celebrated DNA Totem, which was unveiled last month in Marcus Garvey Park and will remain a permanent installation there. Woven into the streets, as well as the natural and architectural features of the parks, these works showcase the talents of artists living in the community and beyond, and address a wide range of local, global, and creative subjects. A walk through the park just got a lot more interesting!
FLUX Public Art Projects is presented in collaboration with Harlem Community Development Corporation, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, NYC Parks, and the New York City Department of Transportation Art Program. Join the opening night celebration on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! The event includes a guided tour of the art sites and a stroll on Lenox Avenue to 10 venues, with live music and complimentary beverages. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here. Use code FRIENDS for $5 off at check-0ut. Visit www.fluxfair.nyc to find out about programming throughout the month of May.
Images (top to bottom): FLUX Fair promo image featuring “The Defiant Shadow” by Bolo;
Capucine Bourcart’s “Tromp d’oleil”;”Passage:Monolith” by Jon Gomez; Detail of “Up, Up,
Up You Mighty Race” by Mira Gandy.