The Sculpture Garden is dedicated to the exhibition and study of sculpture by artists of African descent. I must say I was astonished about the difference, to see
sculptures which are laying their foundation in a varying range onto different
traditions. The european, american modernism and the impressive power of
african sculptural traditions meet in a garden which is a juwel in town.
The garden is located in a small, former empty piece of land between the Museum
itself and the next building. You could go through it from 125th street to
124th street. Hopefully the Museum will have the money to open the garden for
this use to pass through. The high walls which frame this small canyon are
painted in light clay tone. To the side of 125th street you have a view to some
modernist federal buildings where up in the sky airplanes to La Guardia are
coming down. To the other side you have the view to an empty, burned out
brickstone building. Literally you are in between, the silence of the garden
itself with the whispering sound of the sculptures and the sound of the street
with its cars and people busy rushing by. Go on a sunny day that you don't miss
the light in the canyon.