Melvin Edwards presents a new large-scale commission for Public Art Fund's 2020 season

City Hall Park, Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

For its  2020 season, Public Art Fund is holding five solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists working across photography, installation, and sculpture. The exhibitions are temporarily postponed due to coronavirus

The season begins on 29 January with a series of newly commissioned photographs by Farah Al Qasimi that capture both private and public spaces familiar to the artist, and reveal intimate and seemingly inconspicuous moments across New York City. This is the second exhibition in an ongoing partnership with JCDecaux that brings photography to 100 bus shelters across all five boroughs.

An installation of new large-scale bronze bells by Davina Semo will be unveiled along the waterfront on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1. Her largest and most ambitious exhibition to date invites the public to activate the work by ringing these bells, creating a participatory moment for audiences along the East River.

A thematic survey of sculptor Melvin Edwards’ work will open at City Hall Park, bringing his sculpture from the 1970s to today to the public for the first time. Highlighting two key motifs—the chain and the rocking chair—and featuring a new largescale commission, the exhibition will explore Edwards’ signature use of welded metal. 

A new series of photographic works by Awol Erizku will appear on bus shelters citywide as the third installment in the JCDecaux partnership. In these powerful photographs, the artist will explore the multilayered experiences of individuals who have undergone a spiritual awakening in the Islamic faith while in the U.S. prison system. The season culminates on September 16 with a new commission by Sam Moyer who will bring stone archways composed of found marble and stone native to the area to the entrance of Central Park at Doris C. Freedman Plaza for her first solo public art installation in New York City

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