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Oliver Herring’s TASK Party Takes Over Madison Square Park

Tomorrow- Oliver Herring is having a total take over of Madison Sq Park for a super fun arty party- TASK! AND ITS FREE

Mad. Sq. 200 TASK

On Saturday, September 6th, after MAD. SQ. 200’s Historic Daytime Fair ends, Madison Square Park will transition into an experiential, contemporary art party called MAD. SQ. 200 TASK from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Created by artist and Conservancy partner Oliver Herring, TASK is an improvisational art experience where participants follow two simple rules. First, participants write down a task on a piece of paper and add it to a designated “TASK pool.” Then, they pull a task from that pool and interpret it any way they want, using props or materials provided. When a task is completed, a participant writes a new task, pulls a new task, and so on. Music and refreshments reflecting present-day New York City will also be provided.

“TASK is a piece of art and a creative tool. It is a point of access to contemporary art that is experimental, open-ended, and accessible to anyone, whether you’re a 7-year-old kid or a 70-year-old retiree. Everyone within TASK’s structure has an equal voice in shaping the momentum and flow of what happens. TASK is also a means to creatively connect people to one another and their immediate environment,” said Oliver Herring. “There have been 100s of TASK Parties held already all over the country and beyond.  Mad. Sq. 200 TASK will be the first open to the public TASK Party in NYC, my home turf, and appropriately the largest TASK yet. We’re working hard to turn this into a super creative, NY melting pot experience.”

DJ’s include:

  • 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm“Self-described disc jockette” DJ Kristine Barilli spinning all vinyl
  • 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm– Nationally recognized “vocal champion” DJ Prestige spinning all vinyl

Refreshments for sale:

  • Del’s NYC serving Frozen Lemonade
  • LA Newyorkina serving Mexican Ice
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound serving Lobster rolls and BLTs
  • Souvlaki GR serving souvlaki and different pita spreads

MAD. SQ. 200 TASK will take place at Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues on Saturday, September 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Rain or shine.

MAD. SQ. 200 TASK is presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy and New York Life, and supported by ART21, Materials for the Arts, ACE Hotel New York, Del’s NYC, La Newyorkina, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Souvlaki GR, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.


 The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful and lively public park. The Conservancy works in partnership with the City of New York/Parks & Recreation to operate Madison Square Park and is responsible for raising all funds necessary to operate the park, including horticulture, park maintenance, sanitation, security and free cultural programs for park visitors of all ages.

Oliver Herring was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1964. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His ever-expanding body of work ranges from early sculptures knit with Mylar tape to experimental videos and performances, complex photo-sculptures, and TASK. Herring has exhibited widely including the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Camden Art Center, London, England; the Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; the Xth Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France; the 2010 Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan; Performa 09, and many others venues. In 2009 the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY organized a 15-year survey of Herring’s work. Herring was featured on Season 3 of Art21/PBS’s program: Art21, Art in the 21st Century.

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