June 21, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Madison Square Park Conservancy Symposium
Innovating Public Art

Madison Square Park Conservancy Symposium <br>Innovating Public Art Madison Square Park Conservancy and School of Visual Arts present Innovating Public Art, a symposium on June 21, 2019 which examines how the commissioning and creation of public art has evolved from being a form for commemoration into a catalyst for conversation, focusing on work that challenges the public and incites debate.

Museums, public art programs, civic organizations and public parks are focusing on outdoor art as a catalyst to showcase emerging or established artists, to inspire, to incite debate, and to bring people to different destinations. Is there increased focus on public art today because of innovations in the field? Why are communities and institutions endorsing this type of work as part of civic responsibility? Are there benefits to neighborhoods hosting public art? Are there risks for the artist or the site in realizing new work in unexpected space? How do artists and institutions endorse innovative methods for public art in studios and sites?

Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator, Madison Square Park Conservancy, will deliver opening remarks. New York Times Co-Chief Art Critic Holland Cotter, will moderate a panel discussion on initiatives in the public realm with Firelei Báez, artist, New York; Alex Da Corte, artist, Philadelphia; Ryan Dennis, Curator and Art Programs Director, Project Row Houses, Houston; and Max Hollein, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The symposium is anchored by a conversation with artist Martin Puryear and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, subsequent to the recent opening of Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà, on view in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The event will conclude with presentations by Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and artists Abigail DeVille, New York; Leonardo Drew, Brooklyn; and Cristina Iglesias, Madrid. Drew’s City in the Grass is on view in Madison Square Park.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

FEATURING:
Panel Discussion:

Holland Cotter | Moderator
Co-Chief Art Critic
The New York Times

Firelei Báez
Artist
New York

Alex Da Corte
Artist
Philadelphia

Ryan Dennis
Curator and Art Programs Director
Project Row Houses
Houston

Max Hollein
Director
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

Conversation:

Martin Puryear
Artist and U.S. Representative
2019 Venice Biennale

Billie Tsien
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
New York
Exhibition Designer, U.S. Pavilion
2019 Venice Biennale

Tod Williams
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
New York
Exhibition Designer, U.S. Pavilion
2019 Venice Biennale

Presentations:

Stéphane Aquin
Chief Curator
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, D.C.

Abigail DeVille
Artist
New York

Leonardo Drew
Artist
Brooklyn

Cristina Iglesias
Artist
Madrid

 

SUPPORT:
Innovating Public Art is made possible by generous support from Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by Sasha C. Bass, Toby Devan Lewis, Ronald A. Pizzuti, Thornton Tomasetti, Tiffany & Co., Anonymous, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Substantial support is provided by George W. Ahl III, Charina Endowment Fund, Eataly, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work, Mad. Sq. Art Council, Danny and Audrey Meyer, The New York EDITION, the Rudin Family, and Sorgente Group of America.

Additional support is provided by 400 Park Avenue South, Irving Harris Foundation, Josh Cellars, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and Fern and Lenard Tessler. Madison Square Park Conservancy is a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Mad. Sq. Art is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Madison Square Park Conservancy is a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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Innovating Public Art

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