Forecast Blog

January 23, 2015

Putting Him, and Her, on a Pedestal

Artists: Antony Gormley & Kate Gilmore

New York, New York (2010) – Performance, video, the expanded field, the urban context, the revision of both the object’s and the spectator’s status: All these seem fairly new in contemporary art, having gone mainstream in only the past 40 or so years. But just as cubism depended on the genre of the still life, … Read More

January 21, 2015

Artist Selection: What, Why, Who, and How?

January 2015 Public Art Scrambler

Minneapolis – An important component of getting public art created occurs at the front end – drafting an Artist Call, spreading the word about an opportunity, and managing a selection panel. Each step in the process presents opportunities, challenges, and questions. How can we develop a process that values the community the art will serve? … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Community, Events, Forecast

January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

Caitlin Olsen | On Location, Public Art Review

January 19, 2015

The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities

Author: Doris Sommer

College arts and humanities funding has declined, as many students, school administrators, and everyday citizens question the value of art in addressing the pressing issues of our times. This is a mistake, according to Doris Sommer, a language, literature, and African/African-American studies professor at Harvard. Sommer argues that creative people are uniquely positioned to generate … Read More

Reviewed by Lauren Bedosky | Books, Public Art Review

January 16, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed

Artists: Homecoming! Committee

  VIDEO + SLIDE SHOW Fort Worth, Texas (2014) – Many cities boast a single, iconic public artwork—a sculpture, like the St. Louis Gateway Arch, that is intrinsically identified with that place. In Fort Worth, Texas, that piece was once Eagle, a 39-foot-tall, origami-like steel sculpture by Alexander Calder that stood for some 30 years … Read More

January 15, 2015

Gordon Parks Memorial Event at Landmark Center

Help us grow the movement to create a Gordon Parks Memorial in Downtown St. Paul

Join the Honorable Mayor Chris Coleman, Gordon Parks family members, Forecast Public Art and SoulTouch Productions for a community gathering to celebrate the legacy of Gordon Parks, tell the story of the memorial planning process to date, and gather your input. Forecast Public Art and SoulTouch Productions, in cooperation with In the Footsteps of Gordon Parks—a Parks … Read More