By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'BEYOND CITY LIMITS'
Through August 26
Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, 718-956-1819
This summer, Bob Braine, Tom Carruthers, Charles Goldman, Kirsten Mosher, and Clara Williams address the way the contemporary landscape can be used with outdoor works on this four-and-a-half-acre waterfront sculpture park, which was once a landfill. Free.
'THE 59TH MINUTE'
Through June 30
NBC Astrovision by Panasonic, Times Square, 206-6674, ext. 202
Sponsored by Creative Time, William Kentridge's terrific Shadow Procession flits across the screen every hour at 59 minutes past the hour. Free.
Through September 30
MetroTech Center Commons, Brooklyn, 980-4575
Outdoor sculptures about leisure, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, by Jason Dodge, Andrew Kromelow, Michelle Lopez, Peter Rostovsky, and Jude Tallichet allude to Ebbets Field, a trailer park, a sports car, an anti-monument, and the game of croquet. Free.
'OUR PERCEPTIONS/URBAN REALITY'
Through July 14
Measure Yourself to Scale by Ezra Shales is one of eight site-specific public artworks on the Lower East Side in this show organized by curatorial-studies students at Satellite Academy, an alternative high school. Documentation of the curatorial process can be seen through July 14 at Artist's Space, 38 Greene Street, 226-3970. Free.
'MASSLESS MEDIUMS: EXPLORATIONS IN SENSORY IMMERSION'
May 30-July 29
Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Cadman Plaza West at Hicks and Old Front streets, Brooklyn, 206-6674
Creative Time immerses us in environments by six international artistsAntenna Design, Marco Brambilla, Francisco Lopez, Liz Phillips/Anney Bonney, Erwin Redl, and Leo Villarealwho use sound, light, plasma screens, and moving images. Plus a program of music performances on Thursdays. Free.
'TARGET ART IN THE PARK'
May 31-September 30
Madison Park, 23rd through 26th streets, between Fifth and Madison avenues, 980-4575
Sponsored by the Public Art Fund, this series of public installations started with Tony Oursler's projections on smoke and trees. Now Navin Rawanchaikul's Taxi, Teresita Fernandez's Bamboo Cinema, and Tobias Rehberger's Tsutsumu take over not only the park but also a fleet of taxis. Free.
WASHINGTON SQUARE OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
Washington Square and University Place, 982-6255
Shunned by serious art-worlders for decades, this kitschy sidewalk show is supposedly where Pollock, De Kooning, and Alice Neel first showed back in the '30s. If you're in the right mood, it could be a hoot. Free.
'CROSSING THE LINE'
June 17-October 7
Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-592-9700
In its most ambitious exhibition ever, the Queens Museum spreads site-specific works by some 50 artists in and around the museum and in neighboring Queens communities. With projects by Pepon Osorio, Brandon Ballengee, Raphael Vargas-Suarez, Fred Wilson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nari Ward, Fatimah Tuggar, SLAAAP!, and others, it promises to be a multiculti multimedia treat.
LOUISE BOURGEOIS'S 'SPIDERS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER'
June 21-August 20
Rockefeller Center, 48th through 51st streets, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 980-4575
Her trio of giant bronze spiders, including the formidable 40-foot-tall Maman, whose eight vast legs span the walkway, take over Rockefeller Center. Not for arachnophobes. Free.
TONY FEHER+SARAH SZE
June 24-September 9
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annendale-on-Hudson, 845-758-7412
Two artists who work with the most humble of found objects do site-specific installations in a show that could be well worth the trip. Free.
Opens July 1
Jackson and 46th avenues, Long Island City, Queens, 718-784-2084
The firm ROY, winner of this year's Young Architects Program, transforms the courtyard of P.S.1 into a summer oasis complete with pools, hammocks, a tropical climate, and walls of fans.
Reviews by Kim Levin