Through April 30 – Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks


The Main Gallery of the Art Institute of Boston, 700 Beacon Street, Boston,  is honored to present this historic exhibition of photographs by Joel Meyerowitz entitled Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks,  organized by Aperture, presenting large format color photographs by master photographer Joel Meyerowitz, the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program.

In this stunningly beautiful exhibition the viewer discovers the hidden pockets of wilderness that still exist within the urban environs of New York City. Meyerowitz received this unique commission from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document, interpret, and celebrate one of New York City’s greatest legacies: the nearly 9,000 acres of parks in the five boroughs that have been left or returned to their most natural state. The images in this book are drawn from the thousands that make up the HP Archive of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

In creating this work, Meyerowitz has drawn upon his childhood memories of a New York with “green space—open and wild, alive with rabbits, migratory birds, snakes, frogs, and the occasional skunk… [That] gave me my first sense of the natural world, its temperament and its seasons, its unpredictability, and its mystery.”

JOEL MEYEROWITZ (born in New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 international exhibitions. He is a two-time Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of both NEA and NEH awards, as well as a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. He has published over fifteen books, including  Aftermath: The World Trade Center Archive (2006). He lives in New York and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery. For more information call 617-585-6676, or email Andrew Mroczek at amroczek@aiboston.edu.