Forecast Blog

February 15, 2017

2016 Grantee Rory Wakemup

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

As a 2016 Emerging Artist Project grantee, Rory Wakemup invited Native youth to connect with artists and elders to create costumed alter egos by combining Native regalia and Star Wars motifs. The project culminated in a performance battle, Smart Wars, where youth costumed as their alter egos fought racist mascots portrayed by the comedy group The 1491s at Indigenous Peoples … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants, Forecast

February 13, 2017

NowYouSeeMe!

Films documenting, and celebrating, public art honored at the Louvre

Film can be a powerful medium for documenting public artworks—and sometimes films devoted to public art rise to the level of art themselves. NowYouSeeMe!, in its second year, is an international contest to find and honor the best short films about public art. On January 21, the six 2017 winners—and a seventh film—were screened at … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

February 13, 2017

Going with the Flow

Los Angeles’s first biennial uses public art as a catalyst to engage citizens in a conversation about water

LOS ANGELES – On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in July, I joined a handful of other spectators in crouching at the paved edge of the Los Angeles River. “Water has memory,” a voice said and echoed over the gentle stream where four women dressed in shades of gray stood knee-deep in the water, gesturing toward … Read More

Angella D’Avignon | Featured, On Location, Public Art Review

February 10, 2017

Transforming Spaces

Catherine Widgery’s installations use subtle motions of light, wind, and water to awaken the urban landscape—and those who inhabit it

Catherine Widgery’s epiphany as an artist came just over a decade ago with a sculpture she created for the opening of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Cape Cod. Stringing together rusted chains, fishing gear, shells, and other debris, she created a whirlwind of junk in the center of the gallery—and after the exhibit, … Read More

February 6, 2017

Dialing for Wisdom

Candy Chang’s latest project invites passersby to spin a giant wheel and read short fables for insight

PHILADELPHIA – Candy Chang’s Atlas of Tomorrow: A Device for Philosophical Reflection invites interaction and introspection in Philadelphia. Officially unveiled on July 5 on South Juniper Street, the 30-foot mural was months in the making. Chang engaged neighborhood residents in the creation of the mural, made up of more than 200,000 fingerprints. At street level, … Read More

February 3, 2017

Triumphs and Laments

Artist: William Kentridge

ROME – South African artist William Kentridge is best known for prints, drawings, and animated films dealing with the social injustice of apartheid in his home country. He’s also created major public artworks in multiple mediums. This year he used reverse graffiti—power-washing away soot and biological patina from a 13-meter-tall travertine embankment along the River … Read More