Ester Partegàs at Museum of the City of New York

November 3, 2017

Ester Partegàs

Ester Partegàs, The Source, permanent installation at Plaza de las Americas, New York, NY. Commission of the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. Photo: Mark Woods

Ester Partegàs

Ester Partegàs, The Source, 2015 (detail). Photo: Mark Woods

Ester Partegàs

Ester Partegàs, The Source, permanent installation at Plaza de las Americas, New York, NY. Commission of the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. Photo: Mark Woods

Ester Partegàs will be featured in the exhibition Art in the Open. Fifty Years of Public Art in New York City, on view from November 10, 2017 - May 13, 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York. Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “Fraternity” or “Wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York, making this the most robust and vibrant environment for public art in the world.

 

Presented to mark the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund, Art in the Open highlights works that have transformed both the public spaces of the city, as well as public expectation of the role and potential of art that exists outside of the traditional confines of museums and galleries. The exhibition will feature renderings, models, photographs, and video footage tracing the creation of public artworks by such artists as Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker.