Forecast Public Art http://forecastpublicart.org Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/skies-painted-unnumbered-sparks/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/skies-painted-unnumbered-sparks/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8451 Vancouver, British Columbia -  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March 2014 at the TED Conference in Vancouver, the work spanned 745 feet and was elevated between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. It took a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and machine-made … Read More

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Vancouver, British Columbia -  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March 2014 at the TED Conference in Vancouver, the work spanned 745 feet and was elevated between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. It took a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and machine-made knots and 145 miles of braided fiber to create it.

Echelman partnered with artist Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab, to make the sculpture interactive. At night it came to life as visitors choreographed lighting designs by using physical gestures on their mobile devices. These movements were then projected in real time against the sculpture. “I want people to feel protected, yet linked to open sky,” Echelman stated before the opening. “I hope that visitors feel more connected to those around them—to neighbors and strangers.”

Echelman recently received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in Visual Art. The Awards are given annually by Smithsonian Magazine to honor innovation in nine categories, “to celebrate the greatest innovators in America today.”

 

Watch The Making of Unnumbered Sparks to learn more about the project. Video courtesy Studio Echelman.

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Lightborder 2014 http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/lightborder-2014/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/lightborder-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:20:59 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8400 Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the concrete barrier divided the city in a severe attempt to keep East Germans from escaping the Communist regime. After twenty-eight years of struggle, the country was finally reunited in 1989. In commemoration … Read More

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Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the concrete barrier divided the city in a severe attempt to keep East Germans from escaping the Communist regime. After twenty-eight years of struggle, the country was finally reunited in 1989.

In commemoration of this historic event, many events took place in Berlin throughout the weekend. The city strived to remember its past while continuing to look ahead toward a brighter future.

One of the most touching remembrances was Lichtgrenze 2014 (or Lightborder 2014), a temporary 9 ½ mile installation of illuminated balloons. For three days, these 8,000 balloons re-divided the city over the path of the former wall. The installation reminded Berlin residents of the brutality inflicted by the imposed concrete boundary while simultaneously lifting their hearts in a joyous conclusion. As the Berlin State Orchestra performed Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the luminescent balloons were released one by one into the air followed by cheers from the crowd.

See more images of the installation at The Atlantic.

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Art Activism in Ferguson http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/artist-activism-fergeson-mo/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/artist-activism-fergeson-mo/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:31:49 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8467 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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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 (RAC) of St. Louis also worked to bring artists together to take action.

They started by hosting networking activities, which began as a space to share stories of discrimination and persecution. Out of these meetings emerged many projects that helped marginalized voices be heard throughout Missouri and beyond. Mallory Nezam’s #ChalkedUnarmed project was a simple way to spread a powerful message. Anyone with access to chalk was invited to outline a body in the sidewalk and fill in the name of unarmed black men and women who had been killed by police. Graphic designer Jelani Brown created many iconic banners held by protestors. Artists such as Elizabeth Vega brought art supplies to Mike Brown’s neighborhood to facilitate community art making as a means to heal and process all that had happened.

Read “The Ferguson ArtRising” in Temporary Art Review to find out more about artist activism in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Conflict Kitchen Stirs Up Controversy http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/conflict-kitchen-stirs-controversy/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/conflict-kitchen-stirs-controversy/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:07:42 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8462 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Since 2010, Conflict Kitchen has served the Pittsburgh community food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. This social practice takeout stand serves to humanize those at the other end of the media’s polarizing headlines and to engage the public in meaningful discussion about politics and culture. Past iterations … Read More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Since 2010, Conflict Kitchen has served the Pittsburgh community food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. This social practice takeout stand serves to humanize those at the other end of the media’s polarizing headlines and to engage the public in meaningful discussion about politics and culture. Past iterations of the project have included Iranian, Afghan, Cuban, North Korean, and Venezuelan cuisines.

Currently Conflict Kitchen is serving Palestinian food, both its most popular and most criticized version to date. Israel advocacy group B’nai B’rith accused project founders Dawn Weleski and Jon Rubin of spreading anti-Israeli propaganda, demanding that the Heinz Endowments revoke its funding of the project, while conservative media added fuel to the fire by inferring that the project is “anti-Semitic.” On Friday, November 7th Conflict Kitchen received a letter with death threats and was forced to temporarily close its doors.

As Weleski and Rubin explained to Hyperallergic’s Ben Sutton, “The persistent call for a pro-Israel voice to be added to our materials and programming not only ignores the premise of our project, it fails to recognize our fundamental freedom of artistic production and expression. Conflict Kitchen’s goal is to increase the curiosity and understanding about the people who live in countries our government is in conflict with by directly exposing our customers to these cultures and viewpoints. Another goal is to raise the public profile of the minority Afghan, Iranian, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Palestinian communities who live and work in our region, thereby creating a more accurate depiction of Pittsburgh’s cultural diversity.”

A police investigation of the threats is currently underway. With broad community support, Conflict Kitchen was able to re-open on Wednesday, November 12th.

Read more about the conflict on Hyperallergic.

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Building for the Future http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/building-future/ http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/building-future/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:23:03 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8365 A core goal of Forecast’s artist grant program is to provide grantees with more than funding alone. Each year, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities from networking events to learning sessions designed to support the continued growth of our grantees and grant program. On October 28, we hosted a two-part learning session for … Read More

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Learning Session Leaders

Learning Session Leaders: Carrie Ann Christensen, Anna Metcalfe, and Dan Schlesinger

A core goal of Forecast’s artist grant program is to provide grantees with more than funding alone. Each year, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities from networking events to learning sessions designed to support the continued growth of our grantees and grant program. On October 28, we hosted a two-part learning session for grantees geared towards building for the future in distinct, but important areas—financial planning and cross-sector collaboration!

Dan Schlesinger, Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, led our grantees through an overview of how to assess personal wealth, save for retirement, and plan for future goals. Artists Anna Metcalfe and Carrie Ann Christensen shared their top tips for successful cross-sector collaborations, encouraging artists to develop a clear sense of their own values and skills, be inclusive and transparent, and allow constraints to feed creativity.

Takeaways

Investing to let your plans and goals guide your actions: How much time do you have and what are you investing for?

Collaboration through knowing yourself: What are you bringing to the table? What aspect of your excellence are you bringing forward? What excellence is your collaborator bringing?

Want to strengthen your collaboration toolbox?

Check out this great resource: Collaboration Questions by Becca Barniskis.

Thank you to Carrie, Anna, and Dan for sharing their insights!

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2014 Grantee Aaron Squadroni http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/2014-grantee-aaron-squadroni/ http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/2014-grantee-aaron-squadroni/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:25:31 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8397 Forecast grantee Aaron Squadroni used his emerging artist planning grant to develop a public art installation reflecting upon the scale, landscape, and geology of his Minnesota Iron Range home. Lucas Langworthy and Independent Filmmaker Project MN connected with Aaron to create a short documentary about the project. Learn more about Aaron’s recent work as Artist in … Read More

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Forecast grantee Aaron Squadroni used his emerging artist planning grant to develop a public art installation reflecting upon the scale, landscape, and geology of his Minnesota Iron Range home. Lucas Langworthy and Independent Filmmaker Project MN connected with Aaron to create a short documentary about the project.

Learn more about Aaron’s recent work as Artist in Residence at Old Central School in Grand Rapids, MN:

Visit our Vimeo channel for more Forecast/Independent Filmmaker Project MN collaborative productions.

Special thanks to Independent Filmmaker Project MN for their support of this production.

The Artist Services Program is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.

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“Tree” http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/current-projects/2014/11/tree/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/current-projects/2014/11/tree/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:54 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8328 Paris, France (2014) – This fall LA artist Paul McCarthy, known for his bawdy abstractions, didn’t hold back with Tree, his eighty-foot tall installation at Paris’ Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain “Hors les Murs” (or “Outside the Walls”). The somewhat ambiguous inflated green figure wavered somewhere between a Christmas tree, a Brancusi sculpture and a butt plug. Installed … Read More

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Paris, France (2014) – This fall LA artist Paul McCarthy, known for his bawdy abstractions, didn’t hold back with Tree, his eighty-foot tall installation at Paris’ Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain “Hors les Murs” (or “Outside the Walls”). The somewhat ambiguous inflated green figure wavered somewhere between a Christmas tree, a Brancusi sculpture and a butt plug. Installed in the famous Place Vendôme, it sparked quite the public outcry.

Reactions in the City of Love varied from outrage to laughter. Opponents immediately set out to unplug the fans inflating the sculpture and sever the ties holding it to the ground. Even McCarthy himself was physically attacked by an unruly critic. Not long after, the sculpture was officially deflated in agreement with the artist in order to prevent further violence.

The temporary public work was displayed in relation to McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory, a concurrent exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris.

While Tree was officially taken down, many fought against its censorship. Around 60 artists protested with images of the work at the site of its installation. French president François Hollande also pledged his support along with the French Minister of Culture, the mayor and the deputy mayor of Paris.

Read more about the controversy on Hyperallergic.

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In Remembrance: Valerie Gladstone http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/remembrance-valerie-gladstone/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/remembrance-valerie-gladstone/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:00:11 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8350 We at Public Art Review were saddened by the recent passing of writer, curator, author, editor and teacher Valerie Gladstone. Gladstone wrote several articles for Public Art Review, including pieces about Governor’s Island, a collaboration between the Art Students League of New York and New York City parks, and an online course on site specificity … Read More

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We at Public Art Review were saddened by the recent passing of writer, curator, author, editor and teacher Valerie Gladstone. Gladstone wrote several articles for Public Art Review, including pieces about Governor’s Island, a collaboration between the Art Students League of New York and New York City parks, and an online course on site specificity offered by choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, forthcoming in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue.

Koplowitz—who met Gladstone ten years ago—said of the writer, “Valerie was not only an insightful and sensitive writer about the arts, and dance in particular, but she cared about the field and brought a generosity of spirit to everything she touched and everyone she met.”

A regular contributor to the New York Times, ARTnews, Boston Globe, LA Times, Washington Post, and more, Gladstone also published books on the arts, including A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student (with photographs by Jose Ivey), and Soile Yli-Myry: Forty Years of Painting, Retrospective, 1968-2008. An accomplished curator, she worked on performances like Dance Under the Influence at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.

For a full obituary, see the NY Times.

 

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Ai Weiwei @Large: VIDEO from Alcatraz http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/ai-weiwei-celebrates-freedom-inside-alcatraz/ http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/2014/11/ai-weiwei-celebrates-freedom-inside-alcatraz/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:00:44 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8382 With his own personal experience of political imprisonment, it is not surprising that the provocative Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, focuses on incarceration and prisoners of conscience. Ai, who has earned international acclaim for his work in sculpture, installation, photography, film, and more, catapulted to prominence for … Read More

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With his own personal experience of political imprisonment, it is not surprising that the provocative Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, focuses on incarceration and prisoners of conscience.

Ai, who has earned international acclaim for his work in sculpture, installation, photography, film, and more, catapulted to prominence for his collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in the design of the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. The international prestige did not stop Ai from earning the ire and persecution of the Chinese government, however. His public criticism of China’s democratic and human rights record as well as his push for government transparency made him a target for persecution. Following several instances of intimidation, including a police beating and house arrest, Ai was detained at the Beijing International Airport in April 2011. After 81 days he was finally released without charge, yet to this day he remains under surveillance and unable to leave the country.

So it was from a distance that Ai created @Large for the famed prison island of Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s top tourist destinations visited by over 1.4 million people each year. Once home to famous American criminals such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, Alcatraz also has a lesser-known history as a site of both political resistance and persecution. In the late 1800s the island was a military prison and held members of the Hopi Tribe for refusing their children to be “Americanized” through forced education. In 1969 the prison also became the site of the famous Occupation of Alcatraz, when Native American activists and allies seized the island for nineteen months to draw attention to unjust policies toward indigenous peoples. It took the combined effort and support of organizers at the For-Site Foundation and the National Park Service to bring this significant exhibition there.

For-Site Executive Director and @Large curator Cheryl Haines says Ai’s Alcatraz works are meant to explore concepts of freedom, human rights, and our responsibility as global citizens to ensure that these values are upheld. Ai draws attention to the plight of political prisoners as well as to both the efforts and repression around the globe of pro-democracy and human rights campaigners. Among the works featured—all of which are new, original pieces designed specifically for the Alcatraz site—is a massive paper dragon with eyes in the shape of the Twitter logo (Twitter is both based in San Francisco and banned in China) and decorated with quotes from Nelson Mandela, Edward Snowden, and more. @Large also features “Lego carpets” that bear the names and images of political prisoners.

The installation combines Ai’s strong voice with subtle gestures. The works span a range of deliveries and mediums, from painted silk to sound, all set in the stark environment of the former prison. “When speaking to the artist about it, he’s often said, ‘The message is important, but the art also has to speak. It has to be aesthetically beautiful; it has to be successful as an object,’” says Haines.

Ai’s work is situated throughout the prison, including within cells, the cafeteria, the mental ward, and other locations. Due to his inability to leave China, the artist has never actually seen his installations in place, nor the site itself. In an interview with PBS Newshour Ai said, “For an artist to be unable to see the venue and to be unable to interact with the audience—if I had to imagine the toughest restriction on an exhibition, that would be it.”

By working through his assistants and with For-Site, however, Ai was able to play off a site that enables and encourages visitors to interact with the works. “He knew it was important that whatever works were made for this site have a point of entry to a broad variety of people,” says Haines. “And I think if you look carefully at both the symbolism in the work and the materiality, you can see that was very carefully considered.”

Ai Weiwei Celebrates Freedom Inside Alcatraz was filmed and edited by videographer David Zlutnick.

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Support Forecast Public Art on Give to the Max Day! http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/support-forecast-public-art-give-max-day/ http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2014/11/support-forecast-public-art-give-max-day/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:00:50 +0000 http://forecastpublicart.org/?p=8406 Today is Give to the Max Day! Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org*. Join us for this inspiring day of charitable giving and help support Forecast Public Art’s valuable programs. Golden Tickets have been doubled! Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional … Read More

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Today is Give to the Max Day! Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org*. Join us for this inspiring day of charitable giving and help support Forecast Public Art’s valuable programs.

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