“Innovating Public Art” Symposium Held on Friday, June 21

Participants in Madison Square Park Conservancy’s annual symposium on Friday, June 21 included, clockwise: Abigail DeVille, Stéphane Aquin, Leonardo Drew, Martin Puryear, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Cristina Iglesias, Holland Cotter, Max Hollein, Alex Da Corte, and Firelei Báez.
Photo: Hunter Canning

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s annual symposium was held on Friday morning, June 21, at SVA Theatre in New York. Innovating Public Art included outstanding participants: cultural leaders, artists, and thinkers. The program focused on the role of outdoor work in the public realm when artists and institutions realize innovating ideas and plans. Moderated by New York Times Co-Chief Art Critic Holland Cotter, the panel discussion included remarks by: artist Firelei Báez, artist Alex Da Corte, and Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cotter guided the conversation with questions about the responsibility of the artist and the institution. Following, artist Martin Puryear, United States representative to the 2019 Venice Biennale, was in dialogue with architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien who served as exhibition designers of Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà in Venice. They spoke about the transformation of the U.S. Pavilion and the outdoor forecourt to host Puryear’s magnificent Swallowed Sun (Monstrance and Volute). Presentations were given by Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.; artist Abigail DeVille; artist Leonardo Drew whose City in the Grass is now on view in Madison Square Park; and artist Cristina Iglesias. The presenters explored how questions of history and audience inform the creation of innovative work for public space.

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