News Archive


April 17, 2018

RRRolling Stones by HANNAH is the winner of our Folly / Function 2018 design-build competition!


April 9, 2018

We are delighted to welcome the 2018 Emerging Artist Fellows to Socrates Sculpture Park. LEARN MORE>>

No Exhibition 3/26/18 – 5/5/18

April 3, 2018

The Park remains open as we deinstall our previous exhibition, The Socrates Annual, and install our upcoming exhibition, Built, opening May 6th, 2018. CLICK HERE for more information.


March 27, 2018

Built – a solo exhibition featuring newly commissioned public artworks by Virginia Overton on view May 6 – September 3, 2018


March 2, 2018

Join us Sunday March 25th, 3-5PM to celebrate The Socrates Annual exhibition. CLICK HERE for details.


January 19, 2018

We have extended The Socrates Annual exhibition to March 25, 2018!

We’re Hiring for Part-Time Positions

January 8, 2018

Open positions include: Curatorial & Publications Fellow, Education Managers, and Events Manager . CLICK HERE for more information.

Times Square Midnight Moment

December 5, 2017

Socrates Annual collaborating artists Tali Keren and Alex Strada will be screening their short film ‘Save the Presidents’ in Times Square every night in February as part of the Midnight Moment series!

EAF Artists in Cultured Magazine

November 30, 2017

Sable Elyse Smith (’16), Doreen Garner (’17), and Madeline Hollander (’16) are featured in Cultured Magazine’s list of 30 Young Artists to Watch in 2018>>

Open Call Due Jan 8, 2018

November 8, 2017

With the Architecture League of NY, we are now accepting proposals for Folly / Function 2018: SEATS. Learn more about how to apply HERE —>

New Billboard Opens

November 6, 2017

“Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred” by Amy Khoshbin and Anne Carson is now on view. Learn more >


October 23, 2017

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Emerging Artist Fellowship Program and Annual Exhibition. To find out how to apply CLICK HERE>>

Open House New York Weekend!

October 12, 2017

On Sunday, Oct 15 at 3PM, join the Architectural League of NY and Eva Jensen Design for a special tour & talk on Circle Shade – 2πR4 as part of Open House New York Weekend. Learn more ->

Exhibition Opening Celebration

September 29, 2017

The opening celebration for The Socrates Annual exhibition is Sunday, October 1st from 3-6PM! The Park’s Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, will lead a guided tour at 4PM.

New Facebook Live Video!

September 21, 2017

Learn more about Socrates Annual artist Rit Premnath’s piece ‘Only One Way’ in a Facebook Live interview with the Park’s Director of Exhibitions Jess Wilcox. WATCH NOW

Nari Ward on 99.5FM

September 5, 2017

Listen to the Sept 2nd episode of “State of the Arts NYC” on WBAI 99.5FM, when host Savona Bailey-McClain spoke to Nari and our Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox. LISTEN NOW ->



August 18, 2017

Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again closes September 4th. Take a curator-led AUDIO TOUR or read the PUBLICATION to experience the exhibition.

Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates Line-Up Announced!

August 1, 2017

Participating dancers and choreographers will be performing at Socrates throughout the month of August. Learn more >


July 10, 2017

To listen our FREE Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again audio guide, download the free app Otocast for iPhone or Android

Circle Shade – 2πR4

June 28, 2017

On June 21st we unveiled Eva Jensen Design’s winning FOLLY/FUNCTION, Circle Shade – 2πR4, now in action throughout the summer! Learn More ->


June 27, 2017

We just released the winners of our billboard competition: On July 4th Welcome by Guillaume Légaré will open, followed by Amy Khoshbin and Anne Carson’s  Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred, opening on Election Day 2017.

In the News

April 28, 2017

A look into Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again, via The New York Times: At Socrates Sculpture Park, Slyly Butting Expectations.


March 27, 2017

Eva Jensen Design, in collaboration with Laufs Engineering Design, designed the 2017 winning project. Learn more –>

Open Call / Call to Action

February 21, 2017

Socrates is now accepting image proposals for the 2017 Broadway Billboard series, due April 15th.


December 22, 2016

We’re wishing all our visitors, artists, and supporters a happy holiday season! Remember, the Park is open everyday until sunset.

A Letter from our Director

November 28, 2016

Read John Hatfield’s open letter.

We’re Hiring!

November 8, 2016


W Train Resumes Service

November 7, 2016

As of Nov 7, take N/W train to Broadway to get to Socrates. The Q train no longer makes stops in Queens.


November 4, 2016

Now through Jan 9, we are accepting applications for 2017 Emerging Artist Fellowships.

Mark di Suvero in New York Times

November 1, 2016

Read T Magazine’s recent profile on the Park’s founder – his work & community.

New #SocratesProfile

October 24, 2016

Our latest EAF16 Artist Profile on Andrew Brehm is now live!

Halloween at Socrates 10/29

Join us this Saturday for a circus-themed Halloween Harvest Festival!

Inclement weather cancellation

October 21, 2016

Both Dylan Gauthier and Madeline Hollander performances for 10/23 are rescheduled for 10/29.

Accidental Flight

October 18, 2016

In this week’s #SocratesProfile learn more about Dylan Gauthier‘s #EAF16 kite experiment.

Madeline Hollander Performs

October 12, 2016

Read our latest EAF16 Artist Profile and join us for the artist’s upcoming performance on Sat 10/15 at 5:15PM.

EAF16 Artist Profile

October 3, 2016

Learn more about Dachal Choi & Mathew Suen‘s inspiration for their futuristic EAF16 project.

Introducing ‘The Cubes’

September 16, 2016

Learn more about LOT-EK’s innovative building designs –>

Final Weekend LIC Art Bus

September 9, 2016

Catch the LIC Art Bus this Saturday & Sunday to visit Socrates, Noguchi Museum, Sculpture Center, MoMA PS1!

Labor Day Paddle

August 29, 2016

Join us for the last paddle of the season on Mon Sept 5 at Hallets Cove!

Writing & Moving Workshops

August 25, 2016

Join Ghost Card co-creator for these free workshop exploring writing & movement this Sat & Sun.

Last chance for LANDMARK

Join us for a closing performance by Abigail DeVille & The HawtPlates Sunday 8/28 at 4PM.

Final Film Tonight!

August 24, 2016

Join us tonight at 7PM for a trip through the Colombian jungle with ‘Embrace of the Serpent’!

Dance at Socrates Continues

August 18, 2016

Catch the final performance this Saturday 8/20 at 4PM!

Tonight’s screening is still on!

August 10, 2016

Grey skies won’t stop Outdoor Cinema – join us tonight for a screening of ‘Suzhou River.’

Dance at Socrates Continues

August 9, 2016

Gleich Dances and GREYZONE are our choreographers-in-residence at the park this week.

Announcing EAF16

August 2, 2016

Get to know our 2016 Emerging Artist Fellows here!

Celebrate Louis Armstrong

Join us for an evening of jazz in honor of Satchmo’s birthday!

Dance at Socrates returns!

Norte Maar programs three weeks of choreographers-in-residence and new dance.

Opera in the park!

July 11, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera presents a summer recital tonight (7/11) at 7PM.

Saturday Storytime

June 30, 2016

Guerrilla Storytime returns to the park Saturdays in July & August from 2 to 4PM starting this weekend!


June 10, 2016

Brown Rice Family Band will kick off tomorrow’s LIC Bike Parade & lead the parade down Vernon Boulevard!

LIC Bike Parade this Saturday

June 6, 2016

Join us for bike decorating workshops, learn-to-ride classes, and a parade down Vernon Blvd!

Apply Now: Suite Summer Festival

May 20, 2016

In-Sight Dance Company is currently accepting applications from dance companies to participate this summer’s festival.

Cinema Under the Stars

Our Outdoor Cinema 2016 line-up is now live – check out the full schedule and mark your calendars!


May 10, 2016

Socrates & Noguchi team up for a walking tour this Sunday, May 15th: PURCHASE TIX.


May 6, 2016

Our 30th Anniversary Exhibition opens today from 3-6 PM.

Earth Day, Every Day

April 22, 2016

Yousif Dawud, our Resident Horticulturalist, is spending Earth Day working in the garden with local students.

Folly 2016 Announced

April 19, 2016

Hou de Sousa’s inventive design, ‘Sticks,’ is this year’s Folly winner.

2016 Season Announced!

April 12, 2016

It’s our 30th anniversary. See what’s happening this year.

Want to intern at Socrates?

April 1, 2016

We are accepting applications for a (paid) intern: apply here!

Socrates announces Landmark

March 15, 2016

As part of the park’s 30th anniversary, we are pleased to announce LANDMARK, a series of artist projects that transform the land.

Did you miss the EAF15 Exhibition?

Experience all fifteen artworks through our EAF15 Artist Profiles!

EAF15 Closes Sunday March 13th

March 11, 2016

Be sure to make a visit to the park part of your weekend plans.

Tactile Formation

February 29, 2016

Artist Melanie McLain explores the intersection of public and private in her EAF15 installation.

EAF15 Closes March 13th

February 24, 2016

On March 5th, join Socrates and The Armory Show for a closing tour, performance & reception.

The Door of No Return

February 23, 2016

EAF15 Artist Torkwase Dyson explores  architecture as a window onto the lived experience of slavery. Read more in our latest Artist Profile.

Displaced Corners

February 17, 2016

EAF15 artist Kirsten Nelson’s installation reflects the changing nature of the neighborhood. Read the whole story in our latest Artist Profile.

Artist asks public to participate

February 9, 2016

EAF15 Artist Carla Edwards asks visitors to leave an object in the cluster of grottos that make up her ‘Gain and Cost.’ Find out more in our latest Artist Profile.

Seaworthy Sculpture

February 2, 2016

Interested in learning more about the intricate camouflage on Aaron Sugg’s ‘Untitled (Dazzle Dinghy)’? Read our most recent EAF15 Artist Profile.

Transforming data into art

January 26, 2016

EAF15 artist Noa Younse makes data visible in his installation, ‘The Ant Ensemble,’ find out how in our latest Artist Profile.

~~~ Socrates is Open! ~~~

January 25, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas dropped almost two feet of snow – come by to see our EAF15 exhibition in this winter wonderland! Tag your photos #SocratesInSnow

‘Master Work: Astoria Houses, Building 24’

January 20, 2016

EAF15 artist Kenseth Armstead wanted to create a link between the park and nearby Astoria Houses, find out more in our latest Artist Profile.

Final Call: Apps Due 1/25

EAF16 and FOLLY 2016 competitions will close on Monday, Jan 25th. APPLY NOW.

‘Dessert Babes’ Asks us to love our bodies just as they are

January 13, 2016

Read more about Charlotte Hyzy’s outlook on figure and form in our latest EAF15 Artist Profile.

Socrates Receives Inaugural Grant

January 8, 2016

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation just announced their first Arts & Social Justice grantees, and will support our 30th anniversary public art program!

Meet our new Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox

Read the announcement in ArtForum.

Our latest EAF15 Artist Profile

January 5, 2016

Find out what inspired artist José Carlos Casado’s beautiful and mysterious “raw diamonds.”

Latest folly catalogue is out!

FOLLY 2015: Featuring interviews, essays, and notable entries, this catalogue is a MUST READ for those interested in applying for 2016.

‘Inclusions’ by Davey Hawkins

December 22, 2015

Surfing and sculpture collide in our most recent Artist Profile – read on!

Park takes an ‘Active Turn’

December 16, 2015

Discover Freya Powell’s spinning EAF15 project in our latest Artist Profile


December 11, 2015

Now is a great time to support Socrates Sculpture Park with a tax-deductible year-end gift.

Lena Henke’s ‘Stand Back’

December 9, 2015

Explore Henke’s modern Romanticism in her EAF15 Artist Profile.

Coming to you live from Miami

December 1, 2015

Socrates Director John Hatfield will discuss Justin Randoph Thompson’s work on Wynwood Radio’s special programming for UNTITLED. Tune in Thursday Dec 3 at noon!

Music is in the air

Discover the story behind David Horvitz’s installation, part of EAF15.

Behind EAF15’s “Another Land”

November 20, 2015

In our latest profile, learn more about Leah Raintree’s process and concept behind her EAF15 work, Another Land

2016 Call for Proposals Open

November 19, 2015

We are thrilled to announce open calls for Folly 2016 and EAF16!

Our Latest Park Profile

November 17, 2015

Resident horticulturalist Yousif Dawud has cared for the park’s gardens for the last decade…

Last Chance: The Living Pyramid

October 22, 2015

See Agnes Denes’s monumental work, ArtForum’s Critic’c Pick, thru Oct 31

Voted best public art this fall!

October 16, 2015

ArtNet named Duke Riley’s Broadway Billboard as top ten outdoor art installations in NYC!

We’re hiring!

October 15, 2015

Socrates is looking for a Director of Exhibitions.

SkowheganPerforms Cancelled

October 2, 2015

Due to inclement weather, SkowheganPerforms has been cancelled.

SkowheganPerforms this Sat

September 30, 2015

Alumni from the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture will activate the park through site-specific performances on from 1-5PM

EAF15 now open

September 29, 2015

Miss the opening for EAF15 on Sunday? Check out this video of the event and stop by the park to see all 15 new installations!

last weekend for lic art bus

September 11, 2015

Visit four LIC museums on this free shuttle

circus amok returns this sat

Join us in the park on September 12 for juggling, acrobatics, & performance art!

Suite Summer Fest Announced!

August 28, 2015

Check out the 11 amazing dance companies scheduled to perform at the park over Labor Day weekend!

interview with Heide fasnacht

Watch an interview with the artist about the inspiration for her sinkhole sculpture on view until August 30.

Living Pyramid On View thru Oct

August 27, 2015

Agnes Denes’ iconic Living Pyramid has been extended and will remain on view in the park through October 31st!

Interview with IK Studio

August 25, 2015

IK Studio in conversation with Elissa Goldstone – read the interview here and visit the park to see Torqueing Spheres, now in its final week!

lic block party

August 18, 2015

We will be at the LIC Block Party this Saturday from 12 to 5PM – visit us and many other LIC arts and cultural orgs!

2015 annual benefit gala

August 17, 2015

Join us on September 21st as we honor Nancy A. Nasher and Melvin Edwards. To purchase tickets or make a contributions, click here.

Heide Fasnacht interview

August 12, 2015

Check out this current Socrates artist’s in-depth interview about her sculpture, Suspect Terrain, on view in the park through August.

New Catalog available now

Agnes Denes, The Living Pyramid is now available here!

Our Latest Profile

August 6, 2015

In the fourth profile of our series, read about choreographer in residence Randy James as he kicks off the third season of Dance at Socrates.

Dance at Socrates Kicks Off

August 3, 2015

Norte Maar’s annual monthlong dance program is happening in August.

Hip to Hip Theatre on Sundays!

July 29, 2015

Free Shakespeare returns this month with two full productions and kid-friendly activities.


July 15, 2015

Due to inclement weather, Outdoor Cinema will extend to our rain date 8/26.

Come Work with Us!

July 14, 2015

We are seeking an energetic & experienced Director of Public Programs: View the job description.

Our Latest Profile

July 13, 2015

Read about Casey Tang and his Urban Forest Lab Project in the 3rd installment of our profile series.

We Want to Hear From You

July 9, 2015

Please take a moment to complete our online survey, and thanks!


July 6, 2015

On, check out a photo essay & discussion on the creation of ‘Torqueing Spheres’ with folly winners IK Studio.

Our Latest Profile

July 3, 2015

In the 2nd installment of our profile series, read about Eric Mathews, who leads our Days of Heroes program.

Outdoor Cinema 2015 is Here!

July 2, 2015

Every Wednesday in July & August. Click here for the full schedule.

Solstice Profile

June 19, 2015

Learn more about Urban Shaman Mama Donna as part of our new profile series.

Saturday Sculpture Workshops

June 16, 2015

Drop by any Saturday from 12-3 to work with a Socrates artist and create your own artwork! Great for kids and their families. Here is the schedule.

Outdoor Cinema Announced

June 2, 2015

The 2015 summer line-up kicks off July 1st, and can be found here.

New Public Art On View Now

May 1, 2015

Experience new works by Agnes DenesHeide FasnachtGabriela AlbergariaVera Lutter, and a folly by IK Studio.

LIC Bike Parade on June 6

April 30, 2015

Our annual festival returns with bike swaps, helmet fittings, and a parade! Learn more…

We’re Hiring!

Seeking artist/fabricator to become the park’s full time Studio & Park Manager.

Agnes Denes at Socrates

February 9, 2015

We are thrilled to announce a new commission by visionary artist Agnes Denes. Learn more.

Two Artists Will Shake Ground!

November 11, 2014

Announcing Heide Fasnacht & Gabriela Albergaria for Spring.

IK Studio Wins Folly 2015

November 10, 2014

Socrates and ArchLeague announce the winner of FOLLY 2015. Learn More.

Visit our Digital Archives

November 9, 2014

Peruse over 1,000 artist alumni by searching past exhibitions or artists.

Meet our EAF14 Artists

September 2, 2014

15 new works by Emerging Artist Fellows on view. Learn more…

2014 Gala was a Success!

August 29, 2014

Click here for photos…

Dance at Socrates Begins

August 5, 2014

Norte Maar & Socrates launch a month of dance. Learn more


July 23, 2014

Due to anticipated storms, we will reschedule Umberto D

Socrates Opens Backyard Pool in Court Square

July 22, 2014

Tamara Johnson’s pool opens Aug 2 at The Lot. Learn more…


July 2, 2014

Rain date is Wed, August 27th.

Socrates + Film Forum Announce 2014 Line-Up

May 20, 2014

Our 16th international film fest kicks off July 2. Read more…

Whitney Museum Donates Studio to Socrates

May 15, 2014

The Whitney Museum will donate its freestanding educational studio, designed by LOT-EK, to the park for adaptive reuse. Read More…

Spring Show Now Open

May 12, 2014

Žilvinas Kempinas, Paweł Althamer, Austin+Mergold, Meschac Gaba

Art in America on Scarecrow:

May 10, 2014

“It’s an altogether profound experience that brings together art and nature, ” writes Faye Hirsch. Read full article

Free Shuttle Launches May 10

May 9, 2014

Learn more about LIC Art Bus


April 8, 2014

Four new solo presentations open on May 11th from 2-6PM


April 1, 2014

Register now to build your own Noguchi-inspired furniture!

Folly 2014 Winner Announced

Austin+Mergold, selected from 170+ proposals, wins 3rd annual Folly competition with SuralArk.


November 15, 2013

As part of Marfa Dialogues/NY, Socrates presents a new installation by artist David Brooks, on view through the end of October. Learn more here.


October 15, 2013

deadline for both programs is Jan 7, 2014: Emerging Artist Fellowship Program, Folly 2014

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