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
Public Art Category
Refers to activities, events festivals, music, dance, and other work that involves a theatrical event. This could include flashmobs, fireworks, street-corner mimes, etc.
English-professor Blyn traces the history of the freak show in America, while highlighting seminal artists and writers who have appropriated freak show art—from Mark Twain to Nathanael West and Diane Arbus—to create powerful, memorable work. This book offers a more nuanced understanding of the art of human curiosity. Click here to purchase.
Valencia, Spain – For the 2015 Fallas de Valencia festival last March, architect Miguel Arraiz García and sculptor David Moreno Terrón of artist group Pink intruder designed EKKLESÍA, a cardboard-and-wood installation at a street intersection. EKKLESÍA was burned along with other fallas throughout the city in celebration of the arrival of spring. Every year, groups … Read More
Boston, Mass. – From July 11 – August 26, 2015, the Isles Arts Initiative animated the Boston Harbor Islands with a series of site-specific installations and performances. Aimed to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of the islands, the public art series paired art interventions with inventive performances and a responsive gallery show. The Boston … Read More
Yangon, Myanmar – My Yangon My Home, the first Yangon Art and Heritage festival, enlivened the city’s public and private spaces with art from March 1 to March 22, 2015. Curated by Jose Abad Lorente, Diana Valarezo, and Htein Lin, the festival was organized in collaboration with Ambassador Andrew Patrick, Tina May Thwin Oo, and … Read More
VIDEO – Rome, Italy – Just before sunset on July 3, 2015, a performance piece began on the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the town of Nettuno, south of Rome. For A(mare) Conchiglie, Rome-based artists Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser set a long table in the water and invited elderly Italian and recent African migrants … Read More
Amsterdam — From 8:15 AM to 9:01 PM on August 10, New York-based artist and director Sarah Cameron Sunde stood in a tidal bay in Katwijk aan Zee on the west coast of the Netherlands for a full tidal cycle. Over this period of 12 hours and 46 minutes, the water rose to her neck and … Read More
Conceptual artist Chris Burden died May 10, 2015, at age 69. Burden earned a BFA from Pomona College, and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. In 1978, he became the first artist represented by Larry Gagosian, and began teaching at UCLA, where he was tenured in 1986. His work is at once … Read More
San Francisco, Calif. – BANDALOOP, whose distinctive work in vertical dance performance has been presented in cultural institutions, in nature, and on skyscrapers, bridges, and billboards, has introduced a new multimedia project called #SFPublicCanvas. The piece will be a “many-to-many conversation” focused on San Francisco’s Mid-Market district, incorporating social media contributions of art, words, and video from the public. Contributions are … Read More
In the context of New Left radical politics of the 1960s and 1970s, Coretta Scott King, Howard Zinn, Paul Potter, César Chávez, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael delivered powerful protest speeches that challenged the Vietnam War, racism, and conditions of social and economic injustice. From 2006 to 2008, those speeches were reenacted—and reanimated—as public art … Read More
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
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