THE ARSENAL GALLERY PRESENTS BEFORE THEY WERE PARKS
June 23 through September 9, 2010
Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Third Floor, Arsenal Building
Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street in Central Park
The Arsenal Gallery is pleased to present Before They Were Parks, an exhibition exploring the pre-park existence of numerous city parks-including former estates, industrial sites, reservoirs, cemeteries, vacant lots, natural preserves and tenement districts-and the stories of their transformation into urban amenities. The exhibition features more than 100 vintage and contemporary photographs, as well as memorabilia and objects including an artist's model for the forthcoming Frederick Douglass Memorial and an 18th-century gravestone recently unearthed in Washington Square Park. Thirty-six parks, from the Bronx to Staten Island, are highlighted, including the High Line, Bryant Park, Jefferson Market Garden, the Brooklyn Promenade, Lincoln Center, Fresh Kills, Elmhurst Park, and Concrete Plant Park.
Exhibit curated by Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art & Antiquities for NYC Parks & Recreation.
N/R to Fifth Avenue at 60th Street, Southeast corner of Central Park