The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden

Presented by Art Production Fund and White Columns
Jackson Square Park, 8 Ave. &, Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10014

Dedicated by Hilton Als

Dedicated by Laurie Anderson

Dedicated by Michel Auder

Dedicated by Judith Bernstein

Dedicated by Barbara Bloom

Dedicated by Mike Cloud

Dedicated by David Diao

Dedicated by Rafael Ferrer

Dedicated by John Giorno

Dedicated by Hans Haacke

Dedicated by K8 Hardy

Dedicated by Rachel Harrison

Dedicated by Mary Heilmann

Dedicated by Joan Jonas

Dedicated by Alex Katz

Dedicated by Liz Magic Laser

Dedicated by Maggie Lee

Dedicated by Meredith Monk

Dedicated by Yoko Ono

Dedicated by Adam Pendleton

Dedicated by Elizabeth Peyton

Dedicated by Jack Pierson

Dedicated by Jessi Reaves

Dedicated by Martha Rosler

Dedicated by Diamond Stingily

Dedicated by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Dedicated by Jessica Vaughn

Dedicated by Lawrence Weiner

Dedicated by Margaret Lee

Dedicated by Zoe Leonard

Dedicated by Glenn Ligon

Dedicated by McDermott McGough

Dedicated by Jonas Mekas

Dedicated by T.J. Wilcox

The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden is a collaborative project created for Jackson Square, set in a neighborhood that has a long-standing history with New York’s arts communities. The thirty-four participating artists were each invited to dedicate a park bench to an individual or an entity that is significant to them, creating a public space for reflection and contemplation.

Based on a curatorial initiative of White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs and Co-Presented by Art Production Fund, The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden is an extension of NYC Parks’ existing “Adopt-A-Bench” program that allows individuals to create a personal memorial for a loved one in a public space, through the dedication of a park bench.

“The New York Artists’ Memorial Garden” subtly transforms an existing public park into a collaborative public artwork, one that celebrates the lives of an extraordinary group of people—from James Baldwin to Maya Deren, and Alice Coltrane to Linda Nochlin­—who have, in turn, inspired an extraordinary, and inter-generational group of contemporary artists.

Dedicated by
Dedicated to

Hilton Als

Kevin Ward Robbins

Laurie Anderson

Mingyur Rinpoche

Michel Auder

James Baldwin

Judith Bernstein

Judith Bernstein

Barbara Bloom

Casper Rappaport

Mike Cloud

Arlene Burke-Morgan

David Diao

Barnett Newman

Rafael Ferrer

Puerto Rico

John Giorno

Arthur Mandelbaum

Hans Haacke

Allan Sekula

K8 Hardy

Shannon Michael Cane

Rachel Harrison

Linda Nochlin

Mary Heilmann

Pat Hearn and Colin De Land

Joan Jonas

Zora Neale Hurston

Alex Katz

Frank O’Hara

Liz Magic Laser

Allan Bridge

Maggie Lee

To my crush

Margaret Lee

Fay Chiang

Zoe Leonard

Tony Feher

Glenn Ligon

Beauford Delaney

McDermott McGough

Quenton Crisp

Jonas Mekas

Maya Deren

Meredith Monk

Mieke van Hoek

Yoko Ono

John Lennon

Adam Pendleton

Constance Cockfield

Elizabeth Peyton

Gustave Flaubert

Jack Pierson

Veralyn Behenna

Jessi Reaves

Alice Coltrane

Martha Rosler

David Antin

Diamond Stingily

The Women

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Henri Robert Marcel Duchamp

Jessica Vaughn

Martha Ann Jarmon

Lawrence Weiner

Michael H. Shamberg

T.J. Wilcox

Auntie Mame