Public Process Commission 2018
May 23 – August 19, 2018
Off-site at Hunter’s Point South Park
SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Xaviera Simmons: Convene, the third temporary public art project commissioned through our art education program Public Process. Convene is a sculptural installation of aluminum canoes painted with designs that evoke national flags symbolic of the diverse historical and contemporary demographic makeup of Astoria and Long Island City. The work will be installed on land along the East River in Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City from May 23 – August 19, 2018.
Convene addresses population data and its visual representation while engaging the canoe’s symbolic narratives of historical shift and reliance on personal vessels to move navigators, people, and goods to their desired destinations, often via bodies of water that span or bisect local, national, and international territories. Simmons’s work references the conditions and forms of migration, political and leisure travel, transport, and refuge, as well as the practices of documenting and representing the location and movement of people.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit our website. The project is curated by SculptureCenter Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti.