June 29, 2016

Issue-Oriented Art on Lunchroom Tables

New York — May 14 saw the kickoff of one of New York City’s most wide-ranging public art projects: ten artworks addressing critical social issues, installed in ten public parks in all five boroughs. The artists were eleven, twelve, and thirteen years old, and their canvases were school lunchroom tables. A rally in Manhattan’s Union … Read More

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June 10, 2016

Documenting Cultural Change

Minnesota documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson turns her lens on an award-winning public art project in Caracas

Tiuna El Fuerte Cultural Park—a pop-up cultural park created by Alejandro Haiek Coll and Eleanna Cadalso in Caracas, Venezuela—won the first International Award for Public Art (IAPA) in 2013. Now the park is the subject of a feature-length documentary planned by Minnesota filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. Mikkelson first heard about the project from Jack Becker, executive … Read More

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March 9, 2016

International Researchers Discuss Public Art

2016 Institute for Public Art Research Network Meeting

Shanghai – Researchers from across the globe gathered last week to share their perspectives on public art. Sponsored by the University of Shanghai, the two-day meeting invited scholars, curators, artists, project managers, and city planners to give presentations about recent public art projects as well as discuss the nuances of place re-making throughout the world. … Read More

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February 26, 2016

The Wabash Lights Switch On!

Chicago – When it costs over $5,000,000 to realize a project, each step towards completion becomes a landmark victory. The Wabash Lights, a long-term interactive light installation that transforms the underside of elevated train tracks, took a giant leap forward on February 4, 2016 when designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger switched on the first … Read More

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February 17, 2016

What Happens to Abandoned Public Art?

Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – What happens when public sculpture loses its home? A farmer in Virginia shows that sometimes it’s up to community members to save the art around them. Presidents Park, a ten-acre sculpture park inspired by Mount Rushmore, featured towering busts of 43 presidents. Not able to draw a big enough crowd to sustain … Read More

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January 15, 2016

Knight Cities Challenge Announces 2016 Finalists

158 projects move on to the next round

Miami, Fla. – Over 4,500 project ideas were submitted to this year’s Knight Cities Challenge, which invites innovators to actively shape the futures of cities across the U.S. Reviewers spent two months looking over applications in order to select the 158 finalists, who have until the end of the month to submit formal applications. The winners of … Read More

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September 15, 2015

Tania Bruguera in Havana and New York

Artist-in-residence at Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

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

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July 8, 2015

Freedom of Panorama Under Threat

July 9 vote could restrict the right to photograph European cultural works

On July 9, 2015, European Parliament will vote on an amendment to a copyright reform report that would support restricting “freedom of panorama“—the right to take and use photos of cultural works located in public spaces—across Europe. Digital revolution advocate and Pirate Party Member of European Parliament Julia Reda had proposed extending this freedom through … Read More

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July 3, 2015

Open Source Comes to Philadelphia

Multimedia works by renowned artists will be installed throughout the city

Philadelphia, Pa. – In October 2015, the citywide exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will bring large-scale temporary public artworks by 14 renowned international and local artists to Philadelphia. Curated by Pedro Alonzo and organized by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Open Source incorporates multiple sites, a central venue, a variety … Read More

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June 24, 2015

Bloomberg Public Art Challenge Winners Announced

Four cities will receive up to $1 million each

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the four winners in their Public Art Challenge. Each city will receive up to $1 million toward the development and execution of the proposed project over the next two years. The winners are: Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY – Breathing Lights. Architect: Barbara Nelson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Artist: Adam Frelin. Illuminating the Need … Read More

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June 1, 2015

In Remembrance: Jackie Brookner

Innovative ecological artist Jackie Brookner died May 15, 2015, at age 69. Brookner earned her BA from Wellesley College in 1967 and went on to Harvard University, where she completed all but her dissertation for an art history PhD by 1971. She studied art and served as co-dean at The New York Studio School in … Read More

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May 28, 2015

In Remembrance: Chris Burden

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

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