Public Art Category

June 21, 2017

“How Do We Go Beyond Talking?”

A conversation with Roberta Uno about arts, equity, and demographic change

Roberta Uno leads Arts in a Changing America, a five-year initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts. She and her team partner with other organizations, host conversations, design participatory artist-led workshops, and share stories that look at the relationships between the nation’s changing demographics and the arts. She mixes artistic, community engagement, scholarship, … Read More

Venessa Fuentes | Featured, Public Art Review

June 15, 2017

Hard Work in a Hybrid Space

Public art administrators have to handle demands from multiple stakeholders, private and public—while staying true to mission (and as upbeat as possible)

Public art program administrators and their colleagues who run public-art-oriented nonprofits need to be negotiators. Not only do they have to talk a good game about their projects, they have to negotiate the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders: artists, community groups, government entities, private-sector players like developers and building owners, and anybody else who has … Read More

May 17, 2017

Rethinking a City from the Grassroots

An artist-led urbanism project invites ideas from everyone for molding the capital of Moldova

CHISINAU, Moldova – One of the semifinalists for the International Award for Public Art (highlighted in the new issue of Public Art Review) was an insouciant project called Flat Space, in which the artists and designers of the Oberliht Association in Chisinau (formerly Kishinev), Moldova reconstructed a drab socialist apartment from the era when the … Read More

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February 10, 2017

Transforming Spaces

Catherine Widgery’s installations use subtle motions of light, wind, and water to awaken the urban landscape—and those who inhabit it

Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More

February 1, 2017

Christo Shelves Over the River in Response to Trump’s Election

Artist to shift his focus from 20-Year Colorado work to Abu Dhabi Project

FREMONT, Colo. – In a statement posted on the website of his Over the River project on January 25, Christo announced that he will shift his attention from that 20-year effort and concentrate exclusively on a project in the United Arab Emirates. “After pursuing Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, … Read More

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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

October 26, 2016

Mobile Images of the Navajo Nation

Two artists turn a vintage Step-Van into a photography studio to create portraits of Navajo men, women, and children

NAVAJO NATION – In 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico–based artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman outfitted a 1970 Chevy Step-Van—the kind of vehicle that served as a bread or ice-cream truck back in the day—as a mobile art-exhibition venue. Since then they’ve opened the space to a series of local artists for temporary shows, and … Read More

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July 15, 2016

A Shift Toward Trust

Indian artist Jasmeen Patheja describes her work and the genesis of the Talk To Me project

BANGALORE, India – Jasmeen Patheja began addressing critical social issues early in her career as an artist. While still an art student in Bangalore, India, in 2003, she initiated a project that ultimately led to the formation of Blank Noise, a collective that emerged in response to the widespread harassment and rape of women. Blank … Read More

May 4, 2016

“One Million Bones”

Artist: Naomi Natale and artists around the world

After four years of preparation that included 100,000 participants in all 50 states and 30 countries, the social art project One Million Bones culminated in a three-day installation event in June, 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Led by artist-activist Naomi Natale, the project combined education, hands-on art-making, and public installation to raise awareness … Read More

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April 13, 2016

“Pull!”

Artist: William Pope.L

In June 2013, residents of Cleveland, Ohio, spent three days—using nothing but their own strength—to pull an eight-ton truck through the city. Pull! was the brainchild of performance artist William Pope.L, who designed the project as a testament to the power of shared labor. Hundreds of Clevelanders volunteered to pull the truck 25 miles, wending … Read More

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March 25, 2016

Hotel Yeoville

Terry Kurgan

When artist Terry Kurgan landed a commission in Yeoville, a suburb on the eastern edge of Johannesburg, South Africa, she was struck by the discrepancy between the popular image of Yeoville’s immigrants and the way she knew them to be. Popular media depicted them as abject, poor, and resourceless; Kurgan found them intelligent, creative, and … Read More

Reviewed by Lauren Bedosky | Books, Public Art Review

March 23, 2016

“Sky Bridge”

Artist: Beili Liu

San Francisco, Calif. – Austin-based international artist Beili Liu‘s Sky Bridge, the finale of the multi-year Central Subway Temporary Art Project, is a reflective installation of mirror Mylar on the bricks of the pedestrian bridge over Kearny Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. One of the most open public spaces in the densely populated area, the … Read More

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