CFP: Public Art and Gender

June 29, 2020

Reminder: submissions for PAD 11.1 special issue on Public Art and Gender are due August 1, 2020.

Spring 2021, 11.1
Public Art and Gender
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020
Guest Editor: Sierra Rooney

Public art has long been the province of men, as its creators, its patrons, and, most visibly, its subjects. However, the recent campaign to remove Confederate monuments and the rise of the #MeToo movement have led to a widespread reconsideration of who is and is not represented in the public landscape. These social movements have begun to tip the balance toward equality of representation by encouraging governments, public art organizations, community members, activists, and artists to imagine new ways of ameliorating the gender disparity. They draw upon a diversity of practices, ranging from street art and public performances to traditional portrait statuary. This special issue considers with the historical lack of female representation within public art imagery, and also the underacknowledged role of women as public art producers—artists, administrators, and educators. We welcome papers across geographical contexts from scholars, public art practitioners, artists, and curators, that address innovative and intersectional approaches to rebalancing gender inequalities in the built environment through case studies, historicized investigations and theoretical arguments. This issue aims to advance the discourses of public art and gender by interrogating the visibility and invisibility of women in public spaces.