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Take a walk on the wild side.

The Long Island City Cultural Alliance presents another LIC Art Stroll with a tour of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum on Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m.

After meeting at its main entrance at 32-01 Vernon Blvd., participants will tour Socrates with Director of External Affairs Katie Denny Horowitz. She’ll inform on the five-acre park’s inspiring history as a former garbage dump that volunteers took over and converted into a public space and outdoor art gallery. Then, she’ll walk through the current exhibition, “Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again,” a series of concrete animal statues created from discarded soda bottles, shoelaces, shopping carts, and a fire escape.

Ward, who was born in Jamaica, designed these statues, which come in all shapes and sizes, to demonstrate how ego affects the dynamics and misplaced expectations of power and politics. The acronym “G.O.A.T.” stands for “Greatest of All Time,” a brag that Muhammad Ali brought into the popular lexicon in the 1960s. It’s also the name of a television series and the title of Queens-bred rapper LL Cool J’s best-selling album. However, the word “goat” can also describe the person who loses a sports contest.

The tour will then proceed out of the park and down Vernon Boulevard for one block before making the second and final stop at The Noguchi Museum. Holly Hepp-Galvan, a professional playwright and long-time volunteer guide, will discuss multi-talented Isamu Noguchi, who also dabbled in garden layout, furniture-making, lighting, ceramics, architecture, and set design in his LIC studio. His namesake museum is the country’s first one to be established, designed, and installed by a living artist to show his own work. (He died in 1988.)

Hepp-Galvan will walk through the current special exhibition “Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum.” Basically a collaboration, pieces by Stadler, a living Austrian artist, are installed in tandem with pieces by Noguchi.

Then at about 4 p.m., the tour will end with a wine reception.

Tickets are $12, but seniors and students pay $7.

The Long Island City Cultural Alliance, which bands together and promotes about 15 arts nonprofits, periodically organizes Art Strolls around LIC. The next walking tour will check out Materials For The Arts and Flux Factory on July 22.

Socrates images courtesy of Socrates; Noguchi images courtesy of Nicholas Knight


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