Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events. Since 1938, when Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie entertained thousands at Downing Stadium, the Island has been home to large festivals and concerts. Artist such as Jimi Hendrix, U2 and Dave Mathews have performed at Randall’s Island and today the Park continues to be the designated festival grounds for New York City, with events such as Governor’s Ball, the Frieze Art Fair and Cirque du Soleil calling it home. Each year over 100,000 people visit Randall’s Island for open-air arts and entertainment.
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance and the Bronx Museum of the Arts are pleased to present FLOW annual summer art exhibitions along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. FLOW is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. Each year, FLOW features site specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.
FLOW.17 – this year’s seventh annual exhibition – will be open to the public from May-November, and will feature new site-specific installations, reflecting and encouraging interaction with the Park’s history and environment.
Rose DeSiano’s Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications uses historical records, statistical data, photo archives and government documents – data points portraying a web of American values and struggles – to explore the complexity and reflexivity of culturally-constructed histories. Focusing on Randall’s Island Park as a microcosm of urban planning and transformation, DeSiano will photograph buildings, sites, and landmarks representing this data, mining the city’s archives to fill in gaps.