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May 2nd, 2024

Carole Eisner’s “Konnected” featured in “Amsterdam News”

SEFA invites you to check out this article for Carole Eisner’s current exhibition, published by “Amsterdam News.” The full text written by Leah Mallory is available online here.

One of Eisner’s iconic metal outdoor sculptures is currently featured in the exhibition Harlem Sculpture Gardens at St. Nicholas Park. Konnected is on view from May 2nd to October 30th. We encourage you to explore Eisner’s vast practice on her SEFA artist page and to view the sculpture in person at St. Nicholas Park.




A new large-scale sculpture exhibition opens in Harlem this week, with eight featured locations to host the sculpture installations, bringing public art to residents uptown in a welcome change. It’s the first large-scale sculpture exhibition in the neighborhood. “We don’t have a lot of galleries in Harlem,” said Savona Bailey-McClain, executive director and chief curator for the West Harlem Art Fund. “But what we do have is a lot of park spaces.”

Bailey-McClain explained that while art is frequently confined to lavish spaces like museums and galleries, the Harlem Sculpture Gardens seeks to disrupt that practice by making art publicly accessible.

Several historic parks will be utilized for the exhibition, running from Morningside Park to Jackie Robinson Park. Visitors are encouraged to stop by every venue, including Harriet Tubman Triangle, Frederick Douglass Circle, and the City College of New York Campus. “[Public art] gives the opportunity for those who don’t always feel welcome in institutions, the possibility to see, to engage, and to experience,” said Dianne Smith, a multidisciplinary artist presenting her work in the exhibition.

Smith’s piece,“Echoes of the Path,” incorporates small aluminum wire sculptures for a commentary contrasting the urban and natural environment.

The metal, she said, mimics the shape of trees in nature, while the aluminum signifies the urban environment through its concrete composition. It’ll be featured at St. Nicholas Park.  She identified her geographical and cultural background as major artistic influences. “I’m a child of the diaspora, so my work responds and connects to the cultural landscape of Harlem,” she said.

For Bailey-McClain, capturing the cultural diversity of New York City is a goal of the exhibition, as illustrated by the roster of artists and the variety of art on display.

“We have several artists, Latino artists. We have two Asian artists,” she said, offering examples. “We also incorporated abstract works that deal with contemporary art in New York City.”

The exhibition further aims to increase traffic and visibility to the venues. Michael Gormley, executive director of the New York Artists Equity Association, noted that these spaces are often underutilized, reinforcing the importance of accessibility.