Forecast Blog

January 20, 2017

The Art Department

The grassroots “agency” dubbed the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is set to come of age with a convening and a policy paper

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) could be a cabinet-level agency of the federal government—in your dreams, and in the dreams of its founders, a young artist-activist-instigator named Adam Horowitz and Arlene Goldbard, a veteran consultant, activist, and writer on cultural policy. What the USDAC actually is, is a three-year-old grassroots network of … Read More

Jon Spayde | Featured, Public Art Review

January 19, 2017

Sarah Sze Withdraws SF Proposal Over “Significant Changes” to Siting Terms

“Comfort women” memorial also claims a place on St. Mary’s Square site

SAN FRANCISCO – Sculptor Sarah Sze has withdrawn her proposal for a work commissioned by San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center. The internationally known Chinese-American artist (profiled in our recent cover story on MacArthur “genius” award winners) acted in response to a dispute over the site. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the kerfuffle centers on … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

January 19, 2017

20 Questions for the Art/Business of Life

Reflections from a Forecast grantee

Forecast recently invited 2016 Emerging Artist Research & Development grantee Eric F. Avery to write a blog for our website reflecting on the grant year.   I recently wrapped up working on a Research and Development Grant from Forecast and was invited to write a blog post. Initially, I was thinking I would write about public … Read More

January 18, 2017

Wait/Walk/Wisdom

California artist-inventor retools a crosswalk button to offer upbeat messages

PETALUMA, Calif. – When you press a button at a crosswalk, what you hear (“Main Street. Wait! Wait! Wait!” followed by “Walk” or that beeping or rattling sound) may be annoying, but it’s also life-affirming, helping the visually impaired, or the merely distracted, navigate a busy intersection. Now a Petaluma, California artist-technologist has decided to … Read More

January 16, 2017

Public Ritual

William Pope.L and exorcisms of abject otherness

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re republishing this 2010 Public Art Review article about artist William Pope.L, whose work addresses racism and social inequities.   Best known for his street performances, William Pope.L has worked for decades across a broad array of media including public interventions, stage performances, installations, painting, and found … Read More

Derek Conrad Murray and Soraya Murray | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

January 13, 2017

Funktional Vibrations

by Xenobia Bailey

NEW YORK – Suspended over the main entrance of the new 34th Street Hudson Yards station—New York City’s first new subway station in 25 years—one of Xenobia Bailey’s Funktional Vibrations mosaics glitters in a swirl of color. Located beneath a new urban park and playground, the artwork greets commuters with an energetic interlude to their … Read More