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Art Installation: Xaviera Simmons: Convene Reception

  • Hunters Point Park South 51st Center BLVD Long Island City, New York United States (map)

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Convene, a temporary public art project by Xaviera Simmons. Simmons's project is the third artwork commissioned through SculptureCenter's art education program Public Process.

Convene is a sculptural installation of aluminum canoes painted with designs that abstractly and explicitly 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' Point South Park in Long Island City. 

Various factors influence personal assumptions about how communities are composed: where one lives or has lived, whom one lives amongst, proximity to or isolation from populations perceived as different and marginal, or longing for the way things were "before" These subjective impressions commingle with demographic information (and its strict categories) as it is distributed through popular media and news outlets. 

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. Abstracting the visual identities of individual flags, Simmons acknowledges the complex interplay between national, cultural, and ethnic subjects, as well as the reality that allegiances to flags are often imperfect reflections of individual or collective identities. Presenting visual information that is hard to decipher, Convene suggests that statistics found in any set of data need critical engagement in order to be put to use.Link to Website:

Earlier Event: May 19
Later Event: May 25
Free Stargazing in the oval!