Public Art Category

Performance Art

Refers to activities, events festivals, music, dance, and other work that involves a theatrical event. This could include flashmobs, fireworks, street-corner mimes, etc.

August 6, 2014

“Grand Central Lights”

Artists: Improv Everywhere

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY (February 1, 2013) – To celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 participants of Improv Everywhere, a New York City-based prank collective, staged a choreographed light show called Grand Central Lights. Performers lined up along three floors of windows overlooking a terminal filled with commuters and tourists. Utilizing flashlights and camera flashes, they … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

July 28, 2014

Once More to the Island + VIDEO

Governors Island, a former military base near Manhattan, becomes an open oasis for the arts

Riding the ferry to Governors Island on a foggy February morning, it’s easy to imagine that you’re heading to a new and foreign land. Only a half mile from the bustling southern tip of Manhattan, it seems a world apart. In many ways, it once was. A retreat for the British royal governors in the … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review

June 18, 2014

Highly Infectious

Cape Town’s annual public art festival trades on the city’s rich and sometimes contradictory culture

Public Art Review contributing editor Jon Spayde visited Cape Town, South Africa for the Infecting the City festival in March 2014.  Todd Melby interviewed him for the Public Art Review Podcast. Listen here to Jon talking about his experience walking the streets for 5 days, experiencing sensory explosion that was Infecting the City.   Cape … Read More

May 28, 2014

Summer Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started: 2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Biennale – Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and … Read More

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April 21, 2014

“Shop Lifting”

by Mithu Sen at the 3rd Annual Art Chennai Festival

Chennai, India (February 8-16, 2014) – For Art Chennai 2014, award-winning artist Mithu Sen turned an empty space in a luxury mall into a typical street stall selling flowers for “Shop Lifting.” Over 75 artists and 35 events appeared in the 3rd annual Art Chennai, the largest festival of modern and contemporary art in India. Attractions included exhibitions, conferences, … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More

March 25, 2014

Bringing the Biennale Home

What the director of an American sculpture park learned in Venice

My primary goal at Laumeier Sculpture Park is to use the whole space and history of St. Louis as a platform for artistic research, using the rubric “archaeology of place” to guide our thematic shows. This notion has helped us commission work by artists from around the globe—Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada), Tea Mäkipää … Read More

Marilu Knode | On Location, Public Art Review

November 26, 2013

Elevate Week 2013

Atlanta, Ga. (October 18-26, 2013) – SLIDE SHOW – For one week every year, muralists, performance artists, musicians, and installation artists bring their creativity to downtown Atlanta as part of Elevate Week, an event curated by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. For this year’s event, artists responded to the theme “Transit: Time, People & Places,” showcasing … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

November 14, 2013

Art in Odd Places

New York, N.Y. – SLIDE SHOW – Art in Odd Places (AiOP) returned to 14th street in Manhattan for its ninth annual festival October 11-20. This year’s theme was Number. “From bank balances to checks and balances, votes to foreclosures, inflation to recession… [numbers] demand our continual attention, molding the experience of our everyday…. In … Read More

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November 5, 2013

The Curator-Driven Public Art Festival

Capital as Context: 5x5 in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., combines instantly recognizable symbols of national and international significance with an urban environment that is rich, diverse, and complex. But, like many other U.S. cities, aspects of the District of Columbia’s urban realm have been ignored and forsaken. And although Washington is a nexus of public … Read More

Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra | Magazine Feature, On Location, Public Art Review