I would like to begin with an announcement regarding recent changes in PAD personnel. Sarah Schrank has stepped down from her position as co-chair because of unforeseen personal circumstances. We at PAD would like to thank Sarah for her service this past year and a half. It has been a pleasure to work together and I am pleased to announce that Sarah will continue as an active member of the editorial board of Public Art Dialogue and co-guest editor with Sally Webster of the upcoming “The Mural Issue.”
As the co-founder of Public Art Dialogue, Harriet F. Senie’s research areas include public art, memorials, memory and material culture, the American landscape tradition (in particular themes of the road in American art and culture), and contemporary pilgrimage practice. She is the Director of the M.A. in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies Program at the City College of New York. She also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Harriet about her current interests and projects, as well as what inspired her to found Public Art Dialogue.
The editor of the PAD newsletter asked for my thoughts on the selling of Banksy's works at auction. I was honored to be asked, but felt nervous weighing in as the realm in which his work exists and circulates is fairly different from the one in which I work as the director of Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, and even further from the field in which I ambulate as an artist.