Public Art Category

Social Practice

Any art activity that is designed to address or involve a social issue, such as homelessness, civil rights, social justice causes, etc. Art as activism, art as process, art as provocateur, etc.

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

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

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

December 25, 2015

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

Imagining a New Monument for the City

Philadelphia, Penn. – “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” This central question motivated Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a public art and urban research project centered at City Hall from May 15 – June 7, 2015. Curated by Ken Lum, Paul M. Farber, and A. Will Brown, Monument Lab … Read More

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December 4, 2015

My Yangon My Home

Art and Heritage Festival in Myanmar

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

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July 7, 2015

A Mini Public Art Filmfest

An hour-long filmfest inspired by the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Stories about public art projects shared at the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Preconference in June inspired this hour-long DIY mini-film fest for Public Art Review. Many of the projects listed below were selected for the Public Art Year in Review, an annual event recognizing the best in public art; others are from … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Featured, Public Art Review

June 26, 2015

Report from the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Part of the Americans for the Arts Conference, June 10-12, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), holds its annual gathering each June. One of several preconferences held before AFTA’s annual conference, the PAN preconference focuses exclusively on public art. The main themes that emerged at the PAN preconference on June 10-12, 2015, centered on the … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

April 11, 2015

Lexington, Ink

A collective tattoo connects people who love where they live

How much do you love your hometown? Enough to tattoo a few words of adulation on your body? For more than 200 residents of Lexington, Kentucky, the answer is yes. Arts administrators, city officials, and even a family of five—two parents, three children—braved the tattoo artists’ needles for the Lexington Tattoo Project, a community-wide artwork … Read More

March 9, 2015

“Winterlude Pavilion”

Artists: Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos

Ottawa, Canada – Winterlude Pavilion, created by Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos, stood in Ottawa’s Confederation Park during the Winterlude Festival in 2015. Composed of steel and bamboo frames, string, and colored LED lights, the pavilion translated the geometry of a soccer ball with hexagonal and pentagonal facets to a larger scale. The LEDs were programmed … Read More

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February 2, 2015

Urban Foragers

Mobile food and shelter dresses by Nicole Dextras

SLIDE SHOW + VIDEO (2013) – Environmental artist Nicole Dextras works with natural elements to create sculptures and interactive installations, many of which are temporary and endure only in her exquisite photographs. Some of her most impactful work comes in the form of wearable art that provides one with everything needed to survive. These garments … Read More

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January 19, 2015

The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities

Author: Doris Sommer

College arts and humanities funding has declined, as many students, school administrators, and everyday citizens question the value of art in addressing the pressing issues of our times. This is a mistake, according to Doris Sommer, a language, literature, and African/African-American studies professor at Harvard. Sommer argues that creative people are uniquely positioned to generate … Read More

Reviewed by Lauren Bedosky | Books, Public Art Review

December 17, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Arts and Culture Announces Cabinet

Twenty two national cultural leaders make up citizen-led, policy-oriented group

The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an evolving, citizen-led project conceived to honor the importance of art in a democratic society, launched its first cabinet on November 17, 2014. The project/department, which organizers Arlene Goldbard and Adam Horowitz wrote about in Public Art Review in 2013, adheres to the following truths: (1) … Read More

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … Read More

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