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New York, NY | Curator-Led Tour of Rose B. Simpson’s “Seed” at Madison Square Park

June 20 | 9:30 am 10:30 am

This tour with Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Artistic Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator of Madison Square Park Conservancy, explores the current project in the Conservancy’s field-leading program of contemporary public art. In Seed, Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, b. 1983) presents a circle of seven steel figures, each eighteen feet tall, surrounding a female form in bronze. The steel figures protect and support the central figure, while simultaneously looking to the past, the present, and the future. While this tour will cover Simpson’s work in Madison Square Park, additional figures are installed in Inwood Hill Park in upper Manhattan, marking the Conservancy’s twentieth anniversary as well as its first public art collaboration with a public New York City park.

Of her installations in each park, Simpson says: “While I am there with my work, I have the opportunity to guide through reminders. Maybe my work is about the displaced Indigenous residents who had thousands of years communing with that ground—a heuristic relationship that shaped their culture. Maybe it’s about the act of being in that space, gendered. Maybe it’s about the feeling of communing in a public space, about safety, about the feeling of anonymity that comes from an immense crowd, the clench of protective identity and the need to exhale.” While Seed is Simpson’s first solo exhibition of public art in New York, her work can also be seen in the 2024 Whitney Biennial as well as collections including the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, LACMA, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2023, President Biden appointed Simpson to the Board of the Institute of American Indian Arts.


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Headshot of Brooke Kamin Rapaport

About the Curator:

Brooke Kamin Rapaport is Artistic Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator at New York’s Madison Square Park Conservancy, where she is responsible for the outdoor public sculpture program of commissioned work by contemporary artists including Diana AI-Hadid, Tony Cragg, Abigail DeVille, Leonardo Drew, Teresita Fernandez, Maya Lin, Josiah McElheny, Martin Puryear, Erwin Redl, Arlene Shechet, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. She was commissioner and curator of the 2019 US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition Martin Puryear: Liberty/Liberta. She is the founder of Public Art Consortium, a national initiative of museum, public art, and sculpture park colleagues launched in 2017. Rapaport was a curator in the contemporary art department at the Brooklyn Museum and a guest curator at The Jewish Museum. She sits on the boards of three artist-endowed foundations and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

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