June 1, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mad. Sq. Art Symposium: Removing Public Art
On Friday, June 1, Madison Square Park Conservancy and the School of Visual Arts hosted Madison Square Park’s fourth annual symposium, where artists, cultural leaders, and scholars led a conversation on historic and contemporary monuments, and current solutions.
The role of public art has been at the center of the controversy over Confederate and other historic monuments and contemporary art. Cities, museums, civic organizations, and government entities are taking active positions in removing, reconsidering, or recontextualizing statuary. Austin, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C., and other municipalities are reckoning with the legacy of post-Civil War and twentieth-century works of questionable statesmen, glorified generals, and spurious heroes. Institutions are wrestling with issues of representation centering on the interpretation of the past in the form of historic and contemporary public sculpture.
Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator, Mad. Sq. Art, will deliver opening remarks. New York Times Art Critic and Founding Editor of Even, Jason Farago, will moderate a panel discussion with museum directors, an artist, a curator, and a scholar: Gonzalo Casals, Executive Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, and Member, Mayor Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, New York; Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Melvin Edwards, artist, New Jersey; Siri Engberg, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions Management, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Dr. Martha Sandweiss, Professor of History and Director, The Princeton & Slavery Project, Princeton University.
The keynote conversation will feature artist Alison Saar and Nelson-Atkins Museum Director Julián Zugazagoitia. The event will conclude with presentations by artist Diana Al-Hadid, architect Bryan C. Lee Jr., and artist Arlene Shechet. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions of the participants in Q&A segments during the symposium.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Moderator: Jason Farago, Art Critic, The New York Times and Founding Editor, Even
Gonzalo Casals, Executive Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, and Member, Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, New York
Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Melvin Edwards, Artist, New Jersey
Siri Engberg, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions Management, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Dr. Martha Sandweiss, Professor of History and Director, The Princeton & Slavery Project, Princeton University
Alison Saar, Artist, Los Angeles
Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Diana Al-Hadid, Artist, Brooklyn
Bryan C. Lee Jr., Founder of Paper Monuments, New Orleans
Arlene Shechet, Artist, New York and Hudson Valley
Removing Public Art is made possible by generous support from The Henry Luce Foundation.
Royalton Park Avenue is the hotel sponsor of Removing Public Art.
Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by Charina Endowment Fund, Toby Devan Lewis, Pentagram Design, Ronald A. Pizzuti, Sorgente Group of America, Thornton Tomasetti, Tiffany & Co., and Anonymous. Substantial support is provided by George W. Ahl III, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, The New York EDITION, Mad. Sq. Art Council, Danny and Audrey Meyer, The Rudin Family, and The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work. Ace Hotel New York is the Official Hotel Partner of Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Mad. Sq. Art is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 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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