“2200 Acres: Field R/D Artists on Regeneration at Freshkills Park” Opening Reception

Sep 23, 2018 12:00pm

Field R/D Curators

Photo: Natalie Conn

Freshkills Park: Field R/D is a project to develop a visionary, community-responsive residency program for the former NYC landfill. Artists work on site in flexible, collaborative, long term engagements with the landscape as it develops from landfill to park over the next 25+ years. This exhibition features the work of the inaugural Field R/D cohort, who have developed research projects independently and collaboratively since April 2017.

The works in the exhibition explore themes of mapping, orientation, speculation, and interpretation of this complex and changing site. Through the residency process, artists followed their own paths, developed research methodologies, and posed questions to a range of actors, from city agencies to scholars, scientists, ecologists, and environmental writers. Faced with the scale and monumentality of the Freshkills landscape and timescale, the artists in the show have produced responses to the landfill’s past and the park’s present and future by delving into the intertwined legacies of waste, consumerism, environmental blind spots, and possibilities for regeneration.

Artists: Billy & Steven Dufala, Mare Liberum, Mary Mattingly, Lize Mogel, Nancy Nowacek, Joe Riley & Audrey Snyder, and guest artist Markley Boyer.

Exhibition organized by Mariel Villeré, Freshkills Park Development Team/NYC Parks and Dylan Gauthier, Field R/D Co-curator.

With support from: The Freshkills Park Alliance, the NYC Department of Sanitation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Hyde & Watson Foundation. Special thanks to Teri Hentze (NYC Parks) and Markley Boyer.

Getting to the Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery at 2240 Richmond Avenue

Driving from Verrazano Bridge:

  • Take exit 10 off of 278 – W
  • Merge onto Gannon Ave N.
  • Turn Left at Victory Blvd. (first left)
  • Turn Left on Richmond Ave.
  • Take a slight right on Draper Pl.
  • Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery is ahead on the right

Via public Transit from St. George

Via S44 Bus

  • Take S44 toward SI Mall and Yukon Avenue
  • Exit at Richmond Ave/ Travis Avenue
  • Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery is ahead on the left

Via S40 to S59 Bus

    • Take S40 toward Goethals Road via Richmond Terrace
    • Exit at Richmond Terrace and Park Avenue
    • Cross street and board the S59 bus toward Tottenville at the Richmond Terrace/Park Avenue stop
    • Exit at Richmond Avenue / Travis Avenue
    • Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery is ahead on the left

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