OZONE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A group of contemporary, urban artists are off to the races.
The grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack have been transformed into a street art exhibit which will last until the end of the year. Works by both local and international artists are featured at the show, which includes 11 pieces.
Officials at New York Racing say it’s only appropriate that the dedicated street art exhibits, named Aqueduct Murals, takes place in New York, where the art form is prominent.
“[It] integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic community,” said Paul Kelleher of The New York Racing Association.
“Aqueduct is New York City’s racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track’s wonderful, multi-faceted environment.”
Participating artist Joe Iurato is also the show’s curator. He said the exhibit preserves a small piece of New York culture.
“A piece might last an hour or a few years, but every artist accepts that it won’t last forever,” said artist Joe Iurato, also the show’s curator. An exhibition like this, where works of this scale are housed indoors, isn’t something you see happen very often.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. View the exhibit daily from 11 a.m. at Aqueduct Racetrack, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, 11417. (718) 641-4700, aqueductmurals.com.
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