Delirious in the Park
Head to Madison Square Park to take in Madison Square Art’s 36th exhibition: “Delirious Matter” by artist Diana Al-Hadid. Six new sculptures are installed across Madison Square Park’s central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool.
On view now until September 3, 2018, this is the artist’s first major public art project, and Delirious Matter is the first project by the artist and the first Conservancy commission to unite sculpture with plant materials.
“Al-Hadid draws influences from the disrupted typologies of architecture, antiquity, cosmology, and Old Master paintings. She finds inspiration in numerous and varied sources such as ancient frescoes, caves, Northern Renaissance art, Islamic miniatures, ancient time-telling devices, and the modern sculpture of Italian Medardo Rosso. These various interests reflect her perspective as an immigrant from Syria who moved to Ohio when she was a child. She has said: ‘I was educated by Modernist instructors in the Midwest, but also was raised in an Islamic household with a culture that very much prizes narrative and folklore.’”