Mad. Sq. Art Symposium 2017:
Accessing Public Art
Friday, June 2, 2017
SVA Theatre, School of Visual Arts
333 West 23rd Street
Please RSVP to [email protected]
On Friday, June 2, Madison Square Park Conservancy and the School of Visual Arts will host Madison Square Park’s third annual symposium, exploring the possibilities of public art, featuring prominent artists and leaders in the public art and museum fields.
The most distinguished artists of our time are creating works to be displayed in the public realm, and for Public Art Programs led by directors, curators, and museum professionals from across the country. Artists now have the opportunity to share their material, content, and form in the name of public art. Does access to this kind of work align with its significance? How are artists and art professionals tackling the challenges of siting, intention, interpretation, dialogue, and impact?
Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator of Mad. Sq. Art, will deliver opening remarks. Following the opening remarks, writer Nancy Princenthal will moderate a panel discussion with national leaders in the field: Brooke Davis Anderson, incoming Director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and former Executive Director, Prospect New Orleans; Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; John Hatfield, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; and Shamim Momin, Director and Curator, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).
Each panelist will discuss how they consider questions of access, available municipal space, and community engagement on the projects they realize, as well as how interpretive strategies differ between projects and sites. An audience question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.
This year’s keynote conversation, to be held after the panel discussion, is with performance poet and scholar Dr. Joshua Bennet, as well as artist Josiah McElheny, whose Prismatic Park will be installed in the Park June 2017. Conversations will be followed by a panel discussion with leading figures in public-art related programs from across the country.
Following the keynote conversation, artist presentations will be led by Simone Leigh, Iván Navarro, and Erwin Redl.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Accessing Public Art is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation.
Major support for Mad. Sq. Art is provided by 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, Irving Harris Foundation, The Sol LeWitt Fund for Artist Work, Danny and Audrey Meyer, and The Rudin Family. Time Out New York is the Official Media Sponsor of Mad. Sq. Art. 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.