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.

August 20, 2014

Culture in Motion

A mobile, inflatable auditorium brings arts programming to a tsunami-devastated region of Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake, one of the most powerful in recorded history, hit Japan, and was followed by a devastating tsunami. The catastrophe claimed more than 18,000 lives and left vast swathes of the northeast severely damaged if not destroyed. In the Tohoku region, whole towns were swept away; the force of … Read More

August 15, 2014

The New City-Makers

Six lessons public artists can teach us about how to make our cities better

Something strange is happening in our cities. Given the somber state of our economic, environmental, and social progress, one would expect cities to be in serious trouble. After all, a growing majority of the world’s population lives in them (84 percent in the United States, according to the last census), where they consume an ever-growing … Read More

August 13, 2014

Happy City

Charles Montgomery

Although not explicitly about public art, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by journalist Charles Montgomery gives plenty of reasons why we need public art in our cities and where such art should be placed to have the greatest effect. Montgomery makes a compelling case that the cities we have built, especially in the … Read More

Reviewed by Thomas Fisher | Books, Public Art Review

August 4, 2014

Calling All Citizen Artists

Announcing the launch of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT— U.S. Secretary of Arts and Culture, October 5, 2013, Syracuse, N.Y. In this era of broken systems—health care, energy, education, economy—citizens must imagine and create better alternatives that are aligned with humane values and needs. To build this capacity for co-creation, it is imperative that we provide universal access to empowering creative experiences … Read More

Arlene Goldbard and Adam Horowitz | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

August 1, 2014

Interview with Frances Whitehead: Podcast

Frances Whitehead loves disturbed sites. Once a sculptor with a successful studio practice, Whitehead now uses her artistic expertise to transform abandoned public spaces into places of environmental stewardship and civic engagement. One of her most recent endeavors is working as lead artist for a massive placemaking project in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and fellow artist … Read More

Todd Melby | Featured, Public Art Review

July 30, 2014

NEA Awards More Than $5 Million to 2014 Our Town Projects

Washington, DC (July 2014) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—an independent agency of the federal government tasked with supporting and funding artistic endeavors—announced it will award 66 Our Town grants for a total of $5.07 million to organizations in 38 states. Established in 2011, the Our Town grant program funds creative projects that promote civic development through arts … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

July 28, 2014

A Love Letter to the City

Stephen Powers

Artist Stephen Powers combines community activism with public art to reflect a neighborhood’s collective hopes and dreams through murals. All of the locations of his works converge for the first time in A Love Letter to the City, a vibrant collection of images and anecdotes. Locations include Dublin and Belfast in Ireland; Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and … Read More

Public Art Review | Books, Public Art Review

July 11, 2014

“Megaphone”

Artists: Moment Factory

Montreal, Canada (2013) - With Megaphone, Montreal’s citizens and visitors were given a public platform with which to share their ideas and concerns about issues that affect the city. The interactive installation by Moment Factory, a design and production studio specializing in multimedia projects, featured a designated area in the Quartier des Spectacles where people could express … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 23, 2014

“Voice Tunnel”

by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

New York, N.Y. (2013) - As part of New York City’s annual Summer Streets celebration, artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer took over the Park Avenue Tunnel with his large-scale interactive installation, Voice Tunnel. The installation consisted of 300 theatrical spotlights mounted along the two facing tunnel walls, producing columns of light that followed the natural curve of the tunnel to just barely … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

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