York, Ala. (2013) - If you approached a resident of York, Alabama, a couple years back and asked about the town’s biggest eyesore, you would likely have heard about the salmon-colored house on Main Street. You know the one, they’d say. The roof is caving in. One side of the house seems to be sliding down a … Read More
Public Art Category
A term used to describe the design and development of common spaces, shared envrionments and civic places created for communities. The notion of what makes a good place changes over time and varies among cultures. Artists’ involvement is considered a best practice by urban planners, landscape architects and city builders.
During the spring and summer of 2010, artist Adam Kuby began “treating” the city of Portland with 35-foot-high acupuncture needles. He placed each needle to draw attention to a particular neighborhood or environmental feature: Some sites posed challenges to the city and were in need of healing; others were assets, if neglected ones. “I wanted … Read More
Exploring the meeting of art and spirituality with Agnes Denes, Tyree Guyton, Ned Kahn, and Lily Yeh yielded conversations as distinct as these artists’ works, yet each dialogue reflected the same truth. Despite marked differences, they share precisely those characteristics—creative force, hunger for awakening, deep sense of purpose, and reluctance to settle for the superficial … Read More
Topher Delaney grew up around artists. Her brother’s godfather was Marcel Duchamp. Isamu Noguchi’s studio was a block from her house. Over nightly dinners she listened to artists like Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg discuss—and complain about—the art system. She realized early that she would do something different. “I didn’t want to go into the … Read More
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
Thomas Hirschhorn’s idea was ambitious: build a temporary structure in a diverse urban neighborhood and use it as a community center to spark discussions around philosophy, art, and life. It’d house a café, a gallery and a library, a philosopher-in-residence, and a daily newspaper. But while the idea sounds familiar, it was never realized—in Minneapolis, … Read More
If you were in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin, in October, 2011, and thought you saw the word truth inscribed on a hillside overlooking the Carr Valley Cheese shop near La Valle, it was no illusion. It was a work of art by Cathi Schwalbe-Bouzide, of Chicago, who’s created similar mown glyphs in Illinois. In describing … Read More
Seattle – More than 13 years ago, a group of clergy, social workers, activists, and homeless and formerly homeless people began standing vigil upon learning of the death of someone living on the streets of Seattle. The ongoing vigils, which honor the lives of those who have died, still take place at noon on Wednesdays … Read More
Austin, Texas - Ballroom Luminoso by Arizona-based artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock has been named the winner of the 2013 SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design. The work, made of recycled bicycle parts, structural steel, and LED lights, is located beneath an 1-35 overpass in San Antonio, Texas.
Cuba is full of the unpredictable. With the loosening of restrictions on travel, free enterprise, and artistic expression, the country has experienced a remarkable boom in cultural production. Even more unusual is the warm welcome that was extended to artists from the Northern Hemisphere to participate in the Havana Biennial, which until recently was restricted … Read More