Socrates Sculpture Park Presents: Do It Outside

Do It Outside Signage
All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail

Summer weather has finally come to NYC and – after hiding in your apartment for six months – it’s the perfect time to get outdoors on the weekends, explore the city, and even get to the outer boroughs, which I hardly ever do. This past Saturday, Geoffrey and I went exploring in the far off land of Queens to check out the Socrates Sculpture Park and its current exhibit, Do it Outside! Woo!

Do It Outside Artists Statement

Do it Outside is a very fun and thought-provoking exhibit conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, in which a selection of artists’ instructions are interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups and the public. It is pretty cool and exciting to see what people come up with based on just a printed sheet of instructions and the projects that come out as the result. Art!

Folly By Toshihiro Oki Architects
Folly By Toshihiro Oki Architects (Crystal Chandelier In Tree Framed By 2x4s)

To fully appreciate this art exhibit – which also includes elements of performance art and installation – you really need to see it in person, but I have included a selection of my photos here so you can get the idea of what Do It Outside is all about.

Tracey Emin What Would Tracey Do Instructions
Tracey Emin, What Would Tracey Do? (Instructions)

Tracey Emin What Would Tracey Do Executed
What Would Tracey Do? (Executed Project)

Yoko Ono Wish Project Instructions
Yoko Ono Wish Project (Instructions)

Yoko Ono Wish Tree
Wish Tree

Yoko Ono Wish Tree Wish 2
I’d Say This Person Got His or Her Wish!

Felix Gonzalez Torres Untitled Instructions
Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled, Instructions

Feix Gonzalez Torres Untitled Executive Work
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Executed Project

Alison Knowles Each Red Thing Instructions
Alison Knowles, Homage to Each Red Thing (Instructions)

Alison Knowles Each Red Thing Executed
Alison Knowles, Homage to Each Red Thing, Executed

Tobias Rehberger Instruction and Complete Project
Tobias Rehberger, Instruction and Completed Project (Click to Enlarge)

Instructions for Project Conceived by Paul McCarthy
Instructions for Project Conceived by Paul McCarthy

Project Conceived by Paul McCarthy 1
Paul McCarthy Project, Executed

Project Conceived by Paul McCarthy 2

Most of the exhibit is under a shaded walkway, so that helps to deflect the sun, but fair skinned peeps should still wear sun block and a hat or bring an umbrella to protect you from burning or passing out from heat stroke, because a little sun goes a long way.

Horseradish

After you are done walking through the exhibit you can also visit the small Green Market where local growers sell stuff like fresh vegetables, baked goods and cheeses. The Market is open Saturdays from June through November 16th, 2013, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Flavored Cow Cheese

Socrates Sculpture Park Garden

There are some nice gardens also.

Heads on Sticks

They also had a shaded area set up for children’s crafts, which you / your child can participate in. Saturday’s craft was called Heads on Sticks. Which, yes.

Do it Outside will be on Exhibit through July 7, 2013, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens NY 11106. Phone (718)956-1819 or visit This Link. Socrates is open 365 days a year from 10:00 AM to Sunset.

Socrates Sculpture Park Signage

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  1. Pingback: "Do It (Outside)" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens | According 2 G

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