“Ninety percent of the park was under water,” Lars Fisk told Gallerist yesterday standing in front of the gate at Socrates Sculpture Park, the outdoor exhibition space along the East River in Long Island City. Mr. Fisk, the studio and facilities manager at the park, said he spent all Monday night there staving off the damage that Hurricane Sandy attempted to wreak on the artwork, which seemed ready to float away.
“I couldn’t care less about herb gardens,” said Natalie Jeremijenko in a shaded area of the Socrates Sculpture Park on Sunday at the opening of “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City.” The artist and engineer was in jeans and a black cowboy hat with a large rhinestone at the front, her blonde hair loose around her shoulders. She had just finished giving a workshop on planting AgBags–Tyvek bags that can be hung from windows and fire escapes to create “urban agriculture systems” that promote environmental health and urban farming. “Flash-infusing black pansies into vodka,” said Ms. Jeremijenko about some methods she’ll be teaching during her workshops at the park this summer. “People don’t know how to eat or use black pansies.”
TUESDAY, MAY 8
Talk: Bill Kelly in Conversation with Chuck Close at CUNY Graduate Center
CUNY Graduate Center hosts a conversation between Chuck Close, whose large-scale portraits are among the most recognizable works in contemporary art, and its president, Bill Kelly. –Michael H. Miller
Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, tickets available at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444, 6:30 p.m.