2023 Annual Symposium: Transforming Public Art
Friday, June 02, 2023 9:00 am
Event hosted by: Madison Square Park Conservancy
Join Madison Square Park Conservancy on Friday, June 2nd for their annual symposium Transforming Public Art.
Inspired by Shahzia Sikander’s Havah . . . to breathe, air, life and Sheila Pepe’s My Neighbor’s Garden, this year’s symposium considers the ways contemporary artists and art world leaders are challenging conventions in public art practice by utilizing unexpected materials, vital conceptual constructs, and historic sites hitherto untouched. What are the implications of work that broadens the reach of art–physically and symbolically–in public space? The program will examine vital questions that upend the sanctity of permanent materials in public art and confront the dearth of inclusive representation in civic space.
Shahzia Sikander, whose exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life is on view through June 4, in conversation with
Tom Finkelpearl, Social Practice Teaching Scholar-in-Residence at The City University of New York and former Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Sheila Pepe, whose My Neighbor’s Garden opens on June 26 in Madison Square Park, in conversation with Jennie Goldstein, Jennifer Rubio Associate Curator of the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art
Panel discussion with artists Xenobia Bailey, Zoë Buckman, Ana María Hernando, and Gilbert Vicario, Chief Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami; moderated by Legacy Russell, Executive Director & Chief Curator, The Kitchen
Presentation by Dr. Karen Lemmey, The Lucy S. Rhame Curator of Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Performance by singer-songwriter and accordionist
The program is free and open to all.RSVP to [email protected]
Transforming Public Art is made possible by generous support from The Henry Luce Foundation.