Forecast Blog

February 20, 2017

The Lunar Cycle + Installation on Bastion de France

Artist: Mademoiselle Maurice

PARIS + CORSICA – Following a year living in Japan, during which the country suffered many natural and human-made disasters, French artist Mademoiselle Maurice began installing her colorful origami interventions as positive statements about humanity and sustainability. With paper and thread, Maurice spreads the message of the crane, an elegant symbol of good health, longevity, … Read More

February 17, 2017

Arabian Artscape

The United Arab Emirates’ nascent public art scene

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – With a rapidly expanding gallery culture in Dubai, the Louvre and Guggenheim set to open museums in Abu Dhabi, strong annual art fairs in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, more than 18 museums and cultural institutions operating in Sharjah, and government and museum support for bringing in public art from around … Read More

Danna Lorch | Featured, Public Art Review

February 16, 2017

Artist Talk: Mona Smith

Sarah Abiya reflects on Mona Smith's presentation at The McKnight Foundation

A Google search for “Mona Smith, artist” will return a wealth of links to her multi-media creations. During a recent Forecast-sponsored presentation held at the McKnight Foundation, Smith, a Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, showed her audience a few examples of these works: layers of sound and image and language, delicately woven into films and websites and installations. … Read More

Sarah Abiya | Community, Events

February 16, 2017

Perception

Artist: eL Seed

CAIRO – The Manshiyat Nasr ward in Cairo is home to the Zaraeeb, a community of Coptic Christians who serve as the city’s garbage recyclers. Over a period of three weeks in March 2016, a massive mural, covering nearly 50 buildings, emerged in Manshiyat Nasr. French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed’s Perception is an enormous piece … Read More

February 15, 2017

2016 Grantee Rory Wakemup

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

As a 2016 Emerging Artist Project grantee, Rory Wakemup invited Native youth to connect with artists and elders to create costumed alter egos by combining Native regalia and Star Wars motifs. The project culminated in a performance battle, Smart Wars, where youth costumed as their alter egos fought racist mascots portrayed by the comedy group The 1491s at Indigenous Peoples … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants, Forecast

February 13, 2017

NowYouSeeMe!

Films documenting, and celebrating, public art honored at the Louvre

Film can be a powerful medium for documenting public artworks—and sometimes films devoted to public art rise to the level of art themselves. NowYouSeeMe!, in its second year, is an international contest to find and honor the best short films about public art. On January 21, the six 2017 winners—and a seventh film—were screened at … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review