Socrates Sculpture Park

3134 Vernon Blvd.
Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artist... more

Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment.

Socrates Sculpture Park itself was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of public services.

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Socrates Sculpture Park is located in the Astoria neighborhood of Manhattan. Astoria is the western-most neighborhood in Queens, running from the East River west to Northern Boulevard and 49th Street, and from Ditmars Boulevard south to Queens Plaza. It is just north of Long Island City, of which Astoria once was and is sometimes still considered to be a part, and is bounded on the north by Steinway and by Woodside on the east. Nestled in one of the most suburban boroughs, Astoria peeks across the East River at Manhattan from its squat houses and commercial buildings. Largely residential, the neighborhood has gone through the usual waves of immigrants over the course of the centuries; first, the Germans, then the Italians and Jews, a massive and significant influx of Greeks, and most recently, Middle Eastern, African, and Eastern Europeans have made Astoria their new home. For a neighborhood that takes its name from John Jacob Astor—once the richest man in America—it remains remarkably middle-class, with a strong sense of community and ethnic heritage, making it a very tight-knit neighborhood. There are, of course, many great ethnic restaurants of all stripes in Astoria, from favorites like Uncle George's Greek Tavern, Il Bambino, and the Bohemian Beer Hall & Garden to Malagueta, Mojave, and The Queens Kickshaw. For drinking, there's the Quays Pub, cocktails at Sweet Afton, and The Barn. For attractions, there's the wonder Noguchi Garden Museum, showcasing the amazing work of the famed sculptor, even more artistic action at Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Museum Of The Moving Image.

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3134 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 956-1819

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Open 365 days a year from 10:00am to sunset.

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  • to Broadway
  • to 30th Ave -- 0.8

Upcoming Events

Metropolitan Opera Summerstage

Metropolitan Opera Summerstage at Socrates Sculpture ParkJoin us for the perennial Metropolitan Opera’s free summer recital tour stop at Socrates Sculpture Park! This iconic series of opera throughout NYC is presented outdoors and features rising young stars and musicians. The event is free, no rese... [ + ]rvations are required.Featuring rising stars of the Met Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

06/28/2024 07:00 PM
Fri, June 28

Socrates Sculpture Park x Aurora Commons/ WE-LAB Field Guide: Our Ecology

Socrates Sculpture Park x Aurora Commons/ WE-LAB Field Guide: Our Ecology Our Ecology is the first of two We-Lab programs that pairs together Aurora Commons with Socrates Sculpture Park community to have integrated conversations around Weaving Liberation for all Beings (WE-Lab). In this program we w... [ + ]ill consider diaspora and identity specifics, how we understand our new home lands, and how our ecology mixes into a new formation of the anthropocene.About Weaving Liberation for All Beings (WE-LAB) Weaving Liberation of All Beings is an anti-supremacist and pro-liberation framework in which the planet, humans, and other-than-human kin (animals, plants, and biota) are treated as belonging to one whole system. Weaving Liberation is an ideology that highlights our interconnections: cultural, ecological, political and emotional. These are not separate spheres. They work together in an ever spiraling web of relationships and responsibility that tie us to the land, kin, and one another.  Aurora Commons in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park considers Weaving Liberation for all Beings (WE-Lab).Learn more about the two workshops and the ideas behind them HERE >>>>Pre-registration required, capped at 20 participants, all ages welcome!

06/29/2024 11:00 AM
Sat, June 29
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Socrateens Exhibition End of Year Reception

Socrateens Exhibition End of Year Reception at Socrates Sculpture ParkJoin the 2023-2024 Socrateens for a day of celebration as they conclude their year of art-making and cultural exploration. Meet the artists, see their sculptures, drawings, and their rolling – intervention in the Peoples’ Bodega t... [ + ]ruck.These NYC high school students met weekly throughout the year to discuss art, the Park, practice and process; expanding their knowledge as our future art workers. The public is invited to the opening reception at STICKS at the Park. Light refreshments will be served.10th Grade: Azrin, Jiwon, Omar, Paul, Prodip, Salma, Syed, Tunajjina11th Grade: Alessandra, Coleen, Cristina, Eileen, Juliette, Lyla, Ricardo, Sasha, YukiRepresenting The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Central Park East High School.

06/29/2024 01:00 PM
Sat, June 29
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