grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as canvasses for 11
contemporary urban artists who will transform the first floor of New
York City's only racetrack into a horse racing-themed street art show
for "Aqueduct Murals," opening to the public on Saturday, November 23.
Photo: New York Daily News
York City is arguably the Mecca of street art and 'Aqueduct Murals'
integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic
community," said Paul Kelleher of The New York Racing Association,
Inc.'s (NYRA) Corporate Development department. "Aqueduct is New York
City's racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track's
wonderful, multi-faceted environment."
artists - from as far away as South Africa and as near as Brooklyn -
will descend upon the racetrack for three nights prior to the show's
opening to pair the Big A's walls with their unique visions of the
"Sport of Kings."
of the beauty of street art is its impermanence," said artist Joe
Iurato, also the show's curator. "A piece might last an hour or a few
years, but every artist accepts that it won't last forever. An
exhibition like this, where works of this scale are housed indoors,
isn't something you see happen very often. In a sense, it preserves a
small piece of New York culture that is otherwise constantly fleeting."
One of the five local artists featured is 41-year-old Chris Stain, who teaches art at P.S. 49 in Middle Village, Queens.
I was approached to do the show, it immediately reminded me of my
grandfather," he said. "I always heard him talk about the track and the
horses, so there's some sentimental value there for me and it's a way to
explore that more. What sets street art apart from other forms is there
are no rules to it. With other forms of art you have to follow a
certain structure. With street art you can freestyle and there aren't
exhibit is free and open to the public and will have its official
opening on November 23 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Guests can meet the
artists later that evening at a reception from 6 - 10 p.m.