Public Art Dialogue
Public Art and Pedagogy
Thursday, February 26, 12:30-2:00pm
West Hall Meeting Room 511BC, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Chairs: Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame; Nancy Scott, Brandeis University
Collaborative Field Projects: From NOLA to San Joaquin Valley
Suzanne Lacy, Otis College of Art and Design
Memory/Works Memorial to Slavery, Nantes, France
Julian Bonder, Bonder Associates; Roger Williams University
Pragmatic Pedagogy: Public Art as Civil Society in Cuba of the Special Period
Peter Kalb, Brandeis University
Education or Reeducation: The Specter of Critical Public Art in Contemporary China
Discussant: DeWitt Godfrey, Colgate University
The primary interest of the first meeting is to bring together diverse presentations that will stimulate discussions among artists, architects, art historians, and those involved in administering public art programs. Our four speakers will include an artist practicing public art in communities at risk; an architect who focuses on construction of memory sites, and develops rich contexts for libraries, museums and archives; and two art historians who will consider the recent efforts in Cuba and China to create public art as interventions against governmental strictures.
Proposals received were extremely diverse, two sent in from abroad (Scotland and Finland). We were also pleased to hear from individual artists currently working on memorial projects, and artists pursuing public projects as a collective. The broad range of experience should be reflected in the larger impact this group might have, and there will be many reasons and ways to participate in future conferences, or in the planned journal for PAD.
Summary by Nancy Scott, Associate Professor, Brandeis University