We invite you to explore Socrates Sculpture Park’s digital archive, the newest edition to our organizational website. The archive currently spans 99 exhibitions and more than 900 artists who have exhibited at the Park since its founding. Our goal is to bring broader exposure to the ambitious and often ephemeral projects that have been produced at Socrates, and to encourage further exploration of this work.
The archive is a result of a three-year initiative to catalogue and transfer the Park’s early slides, snapshots, and transparencies into a digital format, so that they may be shared with public. The archive will grow with each new exhibition and we anticipate that it will become increasingly refined as our alumni artists have the opportunity to contribute their own documentation of their projects. From what has been collected to date, you can already see the extraordinary range of materials, subjects, and approaches taken by the artists throughout the Park’s 26-year history. What will also be apparent is the evolution of the surrounding neighborhood and landscape, and how the site lends inspiration, and a unique context, as a seasonally shifting and highly active, outdoor public venue.
Each artist and exhibition has a dedicated page, and the artists and their respective exhibitions are interwoven. The archive is sorted in three different ways for your viewing convenience. You can opt to view a complete list of artists or exhibitions by clicking through the links within the “Browse Artists” or “Browse Exhibitions” menu categories (to the left).
Under the “Explore” category, you can refine your search more specifically (by exhibition titles, year, type, etc….) and then sort your results chronologically or alphabetically. When viewing your list of results, the artist and exhibition pages are distinguished by the color of their borders; all exhibition pages will have a blue border and all artist pages will have an orange border. From there, you can view more details by selecting the individual artist and exhibition pages.
Funding for this archive was made possible through a technology grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation, and through contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Agnes Gund, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Community Trust.
This initiative is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Web Designer: Letha Wilson
Programmers: Ben Eberle, Greg Simsic
Project Managers: Elissa Goldstone, Ellen Staller
Photographers: Barkow Photography, Alyson Baker, Chris Baker, Peter Bellamy, John Berens, Steven L. Cohen, Stephanie Diamond, Bilyana Dimitrova, Robyn Donohue, Dominique Evrard, Lars Fisk, Elaine Gan, Kathleen Gilrain, Elissa Goldstone, Audrey Gottlieb, John Hatfield, Richard Nonas, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Pierre Plattier, David Tomono, Socrates Sculpture Park archives, Spacetime C.C archives.
Reproduction Credits: © The Museo Chillida-Leku; © The Estate of Keith Harring; © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, 2006 © Tom Otterness/Liscensed by VAGA, New York; © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/ VAGA; © 2006 Estate of Tony Smith/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York
Special thanks to: Brittany Adams, Jillian Brall, Mark Forte, Jessica Harwood, Julia Kirchmer, Rhiannon Platt, Alexander Zolli