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Socrates Sculpture Park unveils Trailblazing 2024 Season championing resilience, environmental consciousness, and migratory narratives

Suchitra Mattai’s first solo NYC Show

Long Island City, NY –

Socrates Sculpture Park, established in 1986 in Queens as a collaborative effort between artists and community members, is thrilled to announce the artists participating in its 2024 season. This year the platform for artists at Socrates has been reimagined by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, to challenge traditional notions of public art. Themes of migration, mapping, ecology, identity, and materiality—including textiles and plants—are all present in the work on view along the East River waterfront Park this year. 

The 2024 summer exhibition is an immersive installation by internationally acclaimed, Indo-Guayanese and LA-based artist Suchitra Mattai. Drawing upon themes of identity, migration, and memory, the exhibition Suchitra Mattai: We are nomads, we are dreamers invites viewers to explore the intersections of cultural and personal histories through sculptured textiles, most notably heirloom, vintage saris. Her thought-provoking installations will transform the landscape of Socrates Sculpture Park, offering visitors a profound and immersive artistic experience coupled with dance performances. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, August 25, 2024.

Suchitra Mattai’s work embodies the spirit of experimentation, innovation, and exploration that defines our park,” said Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park. “I’m excited to welcome Suchitra’s thrilling vision to Socrates this summer, where it will hopefully serve as a metaphorical bridge connecting the East River to the diverse diasporic communities of Astoria, offering them a space for creative refuge and respite along the water’s edge.

Socrates will open its fall exhibition The Socrates Annual 2024 on September 14th.  The theme for this exhibition featuring early career artists is ‘Invasive Species’ and embodies Garcia-Maestas’ commitment to expanding the tradition of outdoor sculpture towards a richer inclusivity of decolonial perspectives and materials while also addressing urgent environmental challenges. Through this theme, artists Kimberly Chou Tsun An, Jill Cohen-Nuñez, Utsa Hazarika, Landon Newton, Mamoun Nukumanu, Juan-Manuel Pinzon, Vick Quezada, Petra Szilagyi, and Nala C. Turner will explore the parallels between the plight of invasive species and the human experience of migration, shedding light on stories often left untold. The show will run until April 6, 2025.

In addition to its innovative art exhibitions, Socrates will continue its commitment to free public programming with offerings for all ages, across multiple disciplines. Returning partners in the roster of events include Fortune Society’s Creative Arts Program, The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series, and Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Annual Guelaguetza. Social-justice circus theater Circus Amok! will also return to the Park with fun for the whole family. 

I’m excited to kick-off this new season with our groundbreaking collaboration with Suchitra Mattai, a re-imagined platform for our Socrates Artist Fellows and the return of our critical, ongoing partnerships with beloved local arts and community organizations.” said Katie Dixon, Executive Director at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is open 365 days a year, from 9 am to sunset. Admission is always free. For more information about the incredible array of exhibitions and events for 2024, please visit socratessculpturepark.org.


ABOUT SOCRATES

For over 35 years, Socrates Sculpture Park has been an award winning model of public art production, community activism, and socially inspired place making. Most recently Socrates was honored with the Public Art Dialogue 2023 Founders Award. Over 1,200 artists have created and exhibited new works on its five waterfront acres and outdoor studio facilities. Past exhibiting artists include Agnes Denes, Torkwase Dyson, Jeffrey Gibson, Guadalupe Maravilla, Virginia Overton, Jean Shin, Sable Elyse Smith, Nari Ward, Meg Webster, and Hank Willis Thomas. Socrates is free and open to the public 365 days a year from 9am to sunset. It is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard (at Broadway) in Long Island City, New York. Socrates Sculpture Park is a not for profit organization licensed by NYC Parks to manage and program Socrates Sculpture Park, a New York City public park.

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