Mad. Sq. 200 TASK

After MAD. SQ. 200’s Historic Daytime Fair ends at 6:00 pm, the event will transition into an experiential, contemporary art party called MAD. SQ. 200 TASK that will run in the park on Saturday September 6, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Mad. Sq. 200 TASK is free and open to the public!


Artist Oliver Herring in his studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2014.  © ART21, Inc. 2014. Cinematographer: Rafael Salazar.

Created by artist 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.


“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.”

Music and refreshments reflecting present-day New York City will also be provided at the event!

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

LA Newyorkina

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Souvlaki GR  

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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.