Public Art is About Learning in Public

Public Art is About Learning in Public

Making public art has its own unique qualities. The creative process is vulnerable as people can comment and judge before the work is finished. And yet, its very openness at this delicate stage is, in turn, more dynamic in that it constantly sparks interactions with local inhabitants. 

Four months after the inaugural celebration of the mural See Her, artist Ann Lewis and Kate Gilbert, to debrief with Martina Tanga about the successes and stumbling blocks of the project. 

Table Talk

Table Talk

I’d like to talk about what happened at Slideshow when the projector wasn’t rolling. About the physical slides themselves, the light table, the loupes, the experience of looking through someone else’s eyes, and the power of a public art object to spark connection and elicit a sense of shared vulnerability between strangers.

Holding a Story - Elisa H. Hamilton on "Slideshow"

Holding a Story - Elisa H. Hamilton on "Slideshow"

An interview with Elisa about Slideshow -- what inspired her, what’s new, and what this piece of “analog” art has to do with a technology and innovation festival (hint -- Instagram wasn’t the original photo sharing platform). Read on to get an inside look at Slideshow and join us for the slide talks, starting Thursday October 12.

To our volunteers near and far

To our volunteers near and far

Here’s to our volunteers! As the volunteer coordinator for Patterned Behavior, I met over thirty hardworking and passionate people whose help was vital in making our project a reality. They painted, primed, greeted, and directed traffic for over two weeks, and everyone who came out brought their own unique perspective and enthusiasm to the site.

"A vision of what women artists can do for our city..."

"A vision of what women artists can do for our city..."

With each new Year of the Woman project, we seek to bring people who have traditionally been left out of the art world into the spotlight. Both Ann and Silvia bring the voices and perspectives of marginalized groups into their art. This, of course, means bringing themselves into the work as well.

Unapologetically Colorful

Unapologetically Colorful

The mural itself is a joyful representation of Boston, illustrating our city’s most vibrant self. And, as Silvia says, “it is unapologetically colorful”. Which is one of our favorite things about it (and her). In fact, N+T director Kate Gilbert chose Silvia for this project first and foremost because of her masterful use of color, pattern, depth, and movement.

New contemporary art for the Charles River Esplanade

New contemporary art for the Charles River Esplanade

Esplanade Association and Now + There collaborate to bring a new mural by Silvia López Chavez to Boston’s historic park. The concept for Patterned Behavior takes inspiration from The Esplanade’s immediate environment and the many ways this space is enjoyed day-to-day.