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August 11, 2017

Newcomers Calling

In three salvaged Times Square phone booths, you can listen to the voices of recent immigrants

NEW YORK – The public telephone has joined the VHS tape and the floppy disc as a relic of a (rather recently) bygone era. But three repurposed phone booths in a section of New York’s Times Square are finding new lives as the sites of some very 21st-century messaging. Aman Mojadidi’s project Once Upon a … Read More

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August 2, 2017

Free for the Rich?

Irish artist hacks a gallery’s admission policy in gentrification protest

DUBLIN – Nobody can accuse Kerry Guinan of half measures. The Dublin artist, who graduated from Ireland’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2014, has not only exhibited throughout Ireland and in the Netherlands, but she’s intervened in Irish politics too, running for the Dáil (parliament) in 2016 on a platform that included … Read More

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July 25, 2017

Indianapolis Neighborhood Renewal Project to Include a Crime-Fighting Arts Initiative

Indy East Art Peace’s aim: Create beauty to foil felons

INDIANAPOLIS – An ambitious program to restore and build homes in Indianapolis’ struggling Near Eastside neighborhood is getting an art-oriented boost, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 46201 Project, named for the neighborhood’s area code and spearheaded by the Shepherd Community Center, aims to refurbish from 80 to 100 … Read More

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July 19, 2017

People’s Expungement Clinics

by the People’s Paper Co-Op

PHILADELPHIA – A minor felony conviction like drug possession can be a ball and chain for people who have served their time and are trying to turn their lives around. But in many states, a process known as expungement allows such offenders to seal off their records from employers and landlords doing background checks. In … Read More

July 13, 2017

Lost Man Creek

by Spencer Finch and the Save the Redwoods League

Right now, you can go visit an artwork in the form of a living redwood forest in downtown Brooklyn. A 4,500-square-foot oasis of calm, Lost Man Creek by Spencer Finch in collaboration with the Save the Redwoods League is a 1:100 scale recreation of a 790-acre protected, inaccessible section of California’s Redwood National Park. The … Read More

July 12, 2017

Public Servants

Essays grapple with the changing meaning of the “public” and the evolving roles of art

Public Servants is the second book in the revived Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture series, whose first run, between 1984 and 2004, produced six volumes—including Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation, which became a critical classic by taking up the challenge of defining postmodernism in its early phase. Public Servants is just as much of … Read More

Jon Spayde | Books, Public Art Review

July 11, 2017

Designing The Future, Freestyle

Hip Hop Architecture Camps invite inner-city kids to mold their communities.

VIDEO – There’s no end to the prescriptions that adult pundits make for dealing with urban issues. But how would a preteen or teenager who lives in an inner-city community rethink and remake his or her environment? Answers will emerge from the Hip Hop Architecture Camps, cosponsored by the Urban Arts Collective, the Universal Hip … Read More

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June 28, 2017

Richard Florida’s Top-Down Urbanism

The “creative class” prophet’s prescriptions for today’s urban ills don’t get at the real problems

A decade and a half ago Richard Florida’s “creative class” research became a sensation and opened new avenues of dialogue among city leaders around the world. At the same time, his emphasis on shaping cities in the interests of that privileged subset of citizens has had a very mixed legacy. If you’ve heard Florida speak, … Read More

Tom Borrup | Books, Public Art Review

June 26, 2017

Making It Public 2017 Application Now Open!

Only 20 spots available for Making It Public, a two-day intensive workshop series to help artists make public art. Free to all participants. Designed for any studio practice/artistic approach – screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more! The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2017. For more information and to … Read More

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June 26, 2017

The Street Museums

Can you create museums for the anarchic outdoor genre called street art? Sure, as long as they break the rules too.

Whether you call it graffiti art, urban art, street art, or post-street art, the work of spray can and sticker virtuosos has been moving toward the mainstream for decades. It’s commissioned as public art and shown (and sold) in galleries. It got its first major museum retrospective, Art in the Streets, at the Los Angeles … Read More

Jon Spayde | News, Public Art Review

June 23, 2017

Public Posts

Artist offers a way for people to express themselves post-election

It was the day after Election Day. In the wake of the shock felt by many Americans at the victory of Donald Trump, sticky notes began appearing on the wall of a tunnel between the Fourteenth Street subway stations on Sixth and Seventh Avenues in New York City. On them were written messages of love, … Read More

June 21, 2017

“How Do We Go Beyond Talking?”

A conversation with Roberta Uno about arts, equity, and demographic change

Roberta Uno leads Arts in a Changing America, a five-year initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts. She and her team partner with other organizations, host conversations, design participatory artist-led workshops, and share stories that look at the relationships between the nation’s changing demographics and the arts. She mixes artistic, community engagement, scholarship, … Read More

Venessa Fuentes | Public Art Review, Shop Talk