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A flock of ornamental goats coming to Socrates Sculpture Park next month

Nari Ward

March 30, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

A flock of (fake) goats will roam the lawn of Socrates Sculpture Park beginning next month.

A new exhibition by New York-based artist Nari Ward, called G.O.A.T., again, will go up on April 29 and will remain throughout the summer at the 32-01 Vernon Blvd park.

The exhibit will feature casts of goats made from lawn ornaments throughout the grounds, as well as five other pieces of art that “will examine how hubris creates misplaced expectation as in American cultural politics,” according to the exhibit description on the Park’s website.

The name of the exhibit comes from a common sports and hip-hop phrase meaning Greatest Of All Time, which “alludes to the African-American experience and political theater – common themes in Ward’s work,” according to the description.

Ward’s exhibit will be her first institutional solo exhibition in New York and will be the first time in Socrates Sculpture Park’s history that it will present a single artist’s work throughout the park.

In addition to the goat lawn ornaments, the exhibit will have various other sculptures by Ward. The “visual anchor” of the show, according to the description, is a large sign reading “APOLLO” with the A and O blinking on and off, sometimes only illuminating the word “POLL.”

Based on the sign at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, “Ward imagines the sign as a reflection on the enterprise and art of self-promotion, performance, originality, and the meaning of communal acceptance,” according to the description.

The exhibit will be on display from April 29 to September 4. For more information visit

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I’ve seen worse exhibits pop up there. For the record, they had one artist pop up their “office space” artwork since last year’s snowing, and almost wreck their show.

So what else is new when it comes to contemporary art? Or, does anyone have an extra million bucks to put it inside somewhere and make it an inside gallery??


I really wish they kept to nature or green-space related exhibitions. The recent dirt circle with plants was one of the better ones.

Everything else they put into this park is an eyesore. The barely finished brick house, demolished pirate ship with garbage, run-down pickup truck, dirty exhibits filled with gross water that dogs try to get into…the list goes on.

I know not everyone agrees on art, but these have made the park worse not better.


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