Public Art

Art on the Malls Program

The Broadway Malls provide the perfect setting for the temporary exhibition of sculptural artwork. In cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, local community groups, artists and galleries, BMA is committed to bringing rotating exhibitions of artwork to the public to further beautify the Malls and the neighborhoods they pass through. To date, BMA has hosted nine extraordinary exhibitions—the work of Tom Otterness, Boaz Vaadia, Chakaia Booker, Carole Eisner, Manolo Valdés, Peter Woytuk, Saint Clair Cemin, Broadway Morey Boogie, and Don Gummer. For more information on these artists and their exhibitions, click here.

In 2009, we introduced an audio cell phone tour to accompany these exhibitions. By calling a number (given on signage at each location) one can hear the artists’ own description of each sculpture. Listeners are invited to leave comments—and many do. In 2010, we added a Spanish language line to the audio tour. In 2015, we added a mobile app in English and Spanish that accompanies the audio tour.

We invite artists and their representatives to contact us to discuss a possible exhibition. Initial inquiry submissions must include a written proposal which includes an artist’s statement, together with photographs of proposed artwork. Click here for guidelines and more information on temporary public art installations.