August 3, 2012, NEW YORK, NY—Public Art Fund is pleased to announce its 2012 fall season, featuring three new exhibitions for Manhattan and Brooklyn and a series of artist talks exploring connections between art, design, and the built environment.
The season begins on September 20 with the opening of a major new exhibition in Columbus Circle—Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus. Temporarily transforming the traditional monument by placing it in the center of a contemporary living room, six stories above the street, Nishi reshapes visitors’ perceptions of both a famous landmark and contemporary art. At Doris C. Freedman Plaza on October 24, Monika Sosnowska presents her first public artwork for New York City. Formed from black-painted steel, Fir Tree is a staircase transformed; its railings twist and stairs collapse to create a new, tree-like form from a once-utilitarian object. And on November 11, four artists, whose sculptural practice is inextricably tied to the materials they employ, will take on MetroTech Center in Configurations: Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, Allyson Vieira.
Complementing these three exhibitions is Between Art and Architecture, our fall Public Art Fund Talks at the New School series featuring presentations by Oscar Tuazon, whose Public Art Fund exhibition People is currently on view in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Monika Sosnowska, and Carol Bove, whose first major public art project is featured in Documenta 13.
“Our fall season is a mix of spectacular large-scale commissions, first public presentations by major international artists in New York City, new works by emerging artists, and timely thematic public programs,” said Nicholas Baume, Public Art Fund, Director and Chief Curator. “ A strong interest in the dialogue between art and the urban environment has emerged as the connecting tissue among this season’s diverse selection of artists.”
PUBLIC ART FUND TALKS AT THE NEW SCHOOL
Between Art and Architecture
Oscar Tuazon, September 26
Monika Sosnowska, October 24
Carol Bove, November 14
6:30pm | The New School, John Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street)
The built environment has long been a source of inspiration to contemporary artists. From
Gordon Matta-Clark’s abandoned building “cuts” to Doris Salcedo’s site-specific interventions and Dan Graham’s Pavilions, artists have utilized architecture as a means to engage the public. This fall, Public Art Fund presents a series of talks by a new generation of artists whose work engages the built environment as both a point of departure and source of inspiration. Drawing on elements of architectural and design history—including Modernism, Brutalism, and even DIY construction—these artists address the psychological, social, and cultural significance of the urban landscape.
Tickets: $10 single talk; $20 series (3 talks); FREE to all students with valid ID. Available at www.publicartfund.org.
Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
Monika Sosnowska’s October 24 talk is part of Archtober, the second annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October in New York City
For more information