Social Environmental Questions: Interrogating Access, Representation, and "Public" in Public Art
CAA 2021 - February 10-13
Chairs: Lara Kathryn Bullock ([email protected]) and MR Barnadas ([email protected])
Who is the public in “public art” and what does it mean to create work for and about art in the public domain?
This panel invites papers that address the problematics of art in the public sphere from the vantage point of its relationship to the publics whom it is meant to address, represent, serve, and with which it shares space.
We invite artists, academics, critics, and administrators to submit papers that consider public art through the lens of critical consciousness, ethical responsibility, efficacy of representation and/or the delegatory function of public art, as well as class-consciousness and the socio-economic implications of public art. Additionally, papers might address the act of making and siting art within the public realm and public art under the aegis of egalitarianism/government collections or other public art collections and the complex relationship with the audience they are meant “for”. Consideration of the ecology of engagement inherent in public art in light of the current crisis might also be explored.
Proposals due by September 16, 2020. Submission guidelines here.