Forthcoming Special Issues:
Collaborating with Nature: Public Art and the Environment
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019
Co-Editors: Cameron Cartiere and Jennifer Wingate
Global climate changes heralding extreme storms and droughts, continually expanding lists of endangered species, and garbage patch islands swirling in the Pacific Ocean are just a few of the environmental concerns that are being addressed by artists working across the public realm. Some may label their work eco-art, while other may address their environmental concerns through a broader array of public art expressions including performances, collaborations with scientists and designers, and community interventions. And while these mounting concerns about a variety of environmental issues are informing many practices in public art, what ethical assumptions underlie various ecological art actions? Are these actions a concern for human well-being? For animals? For all life? Or, even more broadly, for ecosystems? In other words, what are the environmental ethics under consideration? This issue examines topics surrounding environmentally focused art in the public realm. Submissions might explore the visual culture of environmental movements; performances and projections that foster public dialogues using visual means; and historic or contemporary public art projects engaged with environmental concerns and actions. Public Art Dialogue welcomes submissions from art historians, critics, artists, architects, landscape architects, curators, administrators, and other public art scholars and professionals, including those who are emerging as well as already established in the field.
Public Art and Sex(uality)
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019
Guest Editor: Martin Zebracki
This is the first Public Art Dialogue issue to examine the unique relationship between art in the public realm, sexuality, and sex. Public art with sex(uality) aspects, such as the recent ‘queen’s vagina’ in Palace of Versailles gardens by Anish Kapoor and Paul McCarthy’s recurring inflatable ‘butt plug’, has met heated public resistance and social media hysteria. Public discourse and controversy about this category of public artwork often revolve around perceived (explicit) visual content, intentions of artists and commissioners, the ethics of commissioning and (lack of) public consultation and consent, and legitimacy informed by the timescale of the artwork (fleeting appearance vs. lasting legacy). Contributions are welcomed by scholars and professionals across all stages of career. Submissions may address multi-medial types of ‘sexualized’ public artworks in the past and present and particularly ask how they have drawn members of the public out of their comfort zone. Contributions may examine historic and contemporary contextualisations of engagement with public art and sexuality through off-and-online platforms of debate and contestation. How does public engagement challenge the powerful structures of the art world and the political sphere and give way to public agency; question sexual and especially heteropatriarchial normativities; and offer alternative readings of, and spaces for, sexual identity expressions and the radical ‘queerying’ thereof (i.e., queer citizenship)?