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
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Refers to activities, events festivals, music, dance, and other work that involves a theatrical event. This could include flashmobs, fireworks, street-corner mimes, etc.
At sunset on April 11, 2015, fire erupted in a 12-acre swathe of dry grass in the Khatlhampi Private Reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa. This was no wildfire; it was a controlled burn, carefully supervised by Working on Fire, an NGO that specializes in fire management on savannah lands. The burn was also designed—by Johannesburg-based … Read More
BOSTON—Last October, a performance at Fenway Park turned the locally known “Green Monster” into an instrument by using the stadium’s street-facing infrastructure as a drum. The performance featured nine percussionists harnessed to the wall, where they played six original songs interspersed with violin, vocal, and DJ performances. Part of ILLUMINUS, Boston’s annual nocturnal public art … Read More
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
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
New York, N.Y. – In late July, Cuban-born, internationally acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera became the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) in New York. Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl shared Bruguera’s excitement. “I have been inspired by Tania Bruguera’s vision for art as something that can propose real, tangible solutions for … 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