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Yoga at the Park: A di Suvero Among Us!

UPDATED: On February 7, 2012 at 6:30PM, join Storm King Art Center at the New York Foundation for the Arts (20 Jay Street, 7th Floor) for a conversation with Tom Eccles, executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Mark Handforth, artist; and Irving Sandler, art critic and historian, discussing the art and career of Mark di Suvero.  Free and open to the public. No reservations are required; first come, first seated.

It’s January, and we’re guessing your trips to Brooklyn Bridge Park may be a little less frequent that they were in, say, June?   If so, you might have missed the inaugural installation of the Park’s public art program – Yoga (1991), a work by preeminent American Artist Mark di Suvero that now graces the Bridge View Lawn on Pier 1.

Overlooking the East River, Yoga is comprised of an O-shaped element atop an I-beam bent into a U-shape; the U-shaped beam rocks and pivots atop a stainless steel pole.  As the sculpture moves, different shadows and shapes are cast as the beam “points” across the East River, the harbor and to points throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and beyond. The installation was organized and implemented by the Storm King Art Center, working closely with the Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and was made possible by the support of Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen, with additional funding from other generous donors.

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer tells us, “Mark di Suvero, an extraordinary artist, is also a true pioneer and visionary of the New York City waterfront, and his work resonates deeply at the River’s edge. It is a great honor to have Yoga grace the Bridge View Lawn at Pier 1 with its elegant lines and majestic presence.”

Yoga will be on view on the Bridge View Lawn of Pier 1 for one year, giving you plenty of time to think about the piece’s impact on a cold wintry day, in the heat of summer, and in the rush of a crowd as a summer movie night lets out.  Brooklyn Bridge Park will host a series of public programs inspired by Yoga starting in early summer. Yoga beneath Yoga anyone? Stay tuned to DUMBO.is/Happening, where we’ll have all the details as they become available.