Public Conversation: Public Art, Civic Space, and Activism
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Public Conversation: Public Art, Civic Space, and Activism

  • Boston Public Library Central Branch (map)
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Now + There is proud to partner with the Boston Public Library (BPL) Central Branch to present Public Conversation: Public Art, Civic Space, and Activism.

Join us for a conversation with artists Steve Locke, Liz Glynn and Lina Maria Giraldo whose current civic-minded public artworks prompt us to consider the definition and composition of "the public". BPL president David Leonard moderates this conversation about the role public art plays in shaping a public dialogue.

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MassArt's Tyrone Maurice Adderley Lecture - For Freedoms Town Hall
Oct
16
5:15 PM17:15

MassArt's Tyrone Maurice Adderley Lecture - For Freedoms Town Hall

Now + There supports local art institutions that discuss, critique and otherwise share information about public art and invite all to attend this Town Hall lecture by MassArt, a part of the 50 State Initiative from For Freedoms, which was founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman and aims to spur greater participation in civic life.

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Liz Glynn: Monuments, Mythologies, and Other Things that Fall Apart
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Liz Glynn: Monuments, Mythologies, and Other Things that Fall Apart

  • Boston University, The George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium (map)
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Join Now + There and Boston University in hosting an artist talk, Liz Glynn: Monuments, Mythologies, and Other Things that Fall Apart, by the artist of Open House.

Open House transforms the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Kenmore Square into an open air ruin of a ballroom. In this contemporary re-imagining of a historically exclusive space, Glynn addresses the evolving face of a city: who has access to space in a society that is increasingly divided along socio-economic lines? And how can we use history to shape a different future?

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Possibilities of Participation: Lessons from the 2018 N+T Accelerator Cohort
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Possibilities of Participation: Lessons from the 2018 N+T Accelerator Cohort

Participation was essential to the six dynamic, interactive public projects incubated through Now + There's first Public Art Accelerator this year. From planting sunflowers, telling a story, playing the drums, posing for a portrait, to resting and reflecting, these projects asked not only to be seen but to be used and experienced.

Possibilities of Participation brings together the first cohort of Accelerator artists as well as project participants to explore the relationship between public art and experience. How do these projects shift our perception of our neighborhoods and city? What can we accomplish together through an interactive public art project that we couldn't otherwise? Who benefits from participation? And crucially, does experience equal art? Join us for a lively conversation as we survey each of the 2018 projects and talk about the potential of participation in Boston’s contemporary public art.

This panel is free but we ask you to let us know you’re coming so we can provide ample refreshments.

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Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House

Join us Wednesdays September 5, 19, and 26 for 45 minutes of yoga-based movement, meditation, and breathing within the concrete ruins of "Liz Glynn: Open House." Surrounded by the sounds and energy of a vibrant urban setting, learn simple movements and techniques that will help you find calm in the midst of everyday stresses. Led by Meg Bergstrand who will guide you through a peaceful and centering practice.

These sessions are free and open to the public.
No mat or yoga equipment necessary.
Comfortable clothing recommended.
These events will be canceled in cases of inclement weather.

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Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House

Join us Wednesdays September 5, 19, and 26 for 45 minutes of yoga-based movement, meditation, and breathing within the concrete ruins of "Liz Glynn: Open House." Surrounded by the sounds and energy of a vibrant urban setting, learn simple movements and techniques that will help you find calm in the midst of everyday stresses. Led by Meg Bergstrand who will guide you through a peaceful and centering practice.

These sessions are free and open to the public.
No mat or yoga equipment necessary.
Comfortable clothing recommended.
These events will be canceled in cases of inclement weather.

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RSVP (No Regrets) at Open House
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

RSVP (No Regrets) at Open House

  • 499 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)
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Join us at Open House on Monday, September 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for RSVP (No Regrets): a site-specific, performance exploring access to movement and equitably designed spaces for and by differently-abled bodies, choreographed by Peter DiMuro.

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Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House
Sep
5
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga & Meditative Movement at Open House

Join us Wednesdays September 5, 19, and 26 for 45 minutes of yoga-based movement, meditation, and breathing within the concrete ruins of "Liz Glynn: Open House." Surrounded by the sounds and energy of a vibrant urban setting, learn simple movements and techniques that will help you find calm in the midst of everyday stresses. Led by Meg Bergstrand who will guide you through a peaceful and centering practice.

These sessions are free and open to the public.
No mat or yoga equipment necessary.
Comfortable clothing recommended.
These events will be canceled in cases of inclement weather.

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Open House Opening Reception
Jul
26
5:30 PM17:30

Open House Opening Reception

All are invited!  Please join us on Thursday, July 26th, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for a free reception celebrating the opening of the Liz Glynn: Open House, Now + There's latest public art installation with the artist, Public Art Fund, and Paula Cooper Gallery.

This stunning sculptural work by Boston-born, nationally acclaimed artist Liz Glynn will transform the Commonwealth Avenue Mall West into an open-air ruin of a ballroom. The installation and celebration are located on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall near Kenmore Square; the closest street address is 499 Commonwealth Avenue. The event is easily accessible via MBTA at Kenmore Square station.

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THRIVE artist reception
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

THRIVE artist reception

Join us for an artist reception Wednesday, September 13, 6:30—8:30pm as we celebrate Thrive, an all-female exhibition at The Beehive on the Boston Center for the Arts campus co-curated by Now + There and Jennifer Epstein. 

The eighteen paintings, photographs, and sculptures in Thrive champion feminist expressions in their subject matter and represent artists who are fiercely committed to non-traditional, collaborative artistic practices.

Thrive artists include Ann Lewis, Rania MatarMaria MolteniChanel Thervil, Silvia López ChavezElisa H. Hamilton, Evelyn Rydz, and the Safarani Sisters.

Cover image: detail of "Shannon, Boston Massachusetts, 2010" by Rania Matar; courtesy of Carroll and Sons.

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PUBLIC TRUST Kendall Center
Sep
3
to Sep 10

PUBLIC TRUST Kendall Center

Kendall Square — Location #2 for Public Trust, September 3 – 10

Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 10 a.m. – 5pm
Tuesday – Friday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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PUBLIC TRUST Dudley Square
Aug
27
to Sep 2

PUBLIC TRUST Dudley Square

  • Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library (map)
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Dudley Square — Location #1 for Public Trust, August 27–September 2

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 28, Noon – 6 p.m.
Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
        

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond the Bust: Defining Our Public Monuments

What are monuments? What should they memorialize, and why?  Who gets to select and place memorials? How should our communities interact with monuments? Beyond the Bust, a panel discussion between public artists, administrators, and scholars, will explore the meaning of public monuments in Boston and beyond. Moderated by Now and There’s Kate Gilbert, Beyond the Bust will offer dialogue on monuments as artworks, memorials, and community identifiers. Panelists will discuss the significance of monuments as objects of public history, collective memory, and art. 

Beyond the Bust is jointly presented by Big Red & Shiny and Now and There as part of ArtWeek Boston, a bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences in Eastern Massachusetts.


Featuring: 

This event is free but registration is appreciated: beyondthebust.eventbrite.com.

Location:
Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Building (building #1), Great Room
1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury
Free parking.  Orange Line to Roxbury Crossing T station. Directions here

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

IMPACT - FIELDWORKS: Season One screening

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do you measure the impact of socially engaged art? Explore seven artist projects, their beauty, rigor, and impact in the short documentary FIELDWORKS:Season One from A Blade of Grass Films, screening at Massachusetts College of Art and Design on April 11th at 6:30 pm in the new Design and Media Center Lecture Hall.

Feature artists include Mel Chin, Brett Cook, Pablo Helguera, Fran Ilich, Jan Mun, SexEd: Norene Leddy & Liz Slagus, and Jody Wood.

This event is free and open to the public however registration is required.

FIELDWORKS: Season One is produced by RAVA Films and One Hundred Seconds. The event is hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Now and There in partnership with A Blade of Grass, a New York City based organization nurturing socially engaged art.

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Play in Public Art
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Play in Public Art

Play in Public Art, a panel discussion

After decades of bronze memorials, whimsical public art is reinvigorating Boston’s public spaces this summer. From Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s iconic Swing Time at the Lawn on D, to Janet Echelman’s ethereal sculpture on the Greenway, to Figment’s upcoming Giant Typewriter, Boston’s public art projects are generating national excitement and doing it with a playful tone. After decades of bronze memorials, whimsical public art is reinvigorating Boston’s public spaces!

Join Now and There with co-sponsors BSA Space and the D Street ArtLab, on July 9, 6–7pm for Play in Public Art a lively discussion with the artists, architects and citizens who are making public art happen in Boston. We’ll explore the role of play in three current public art topics – spectacle, site, and architecture – in a fast-paced, round robin discussion followed by Q&A.

PANELISTS:
• Ian Deleón – interdisciplinary artist
• Chris Frost – educator and exhibiting ArtLAB artist
• Kate Gilbert – D Street ArtLAB curator and Now and There director
• Kelly Goff – educator and exhibiting ArtLAB artist
• Mary Hale – educator and architect at Shepley Bulfinch
 Robert Lobe – exhibiting ArtLAB artist
• Amanda Parer – exhibiting ArtLAB artist 
• Alice Vogler – artist, curator for Time, Body, Space, Objects (part of the Isles Arts Initiative) and Arts Program Manager at Boston Children’s Museum.

Moderator: Chris Wangro, Lawn on D Impressario and Artistic Director.

Please be sure to register through Eventbrite below:

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May
6
5:30 PM17:30

Where's the Art? exploring the spectrum of public art practices

  • Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Now and There is pleased to announce our first panel discussion, Where's the Art? during ArtWeek Boston with co-sponsors NEFA's Fund for the Arts and the Boston Center for the Arts along with other organizations who nurture artists and the artistic practice in Boston.

Where's the Art? brings together artists, architects and placemakers who'll give examples of their work and discuss the spectrum of practices in public art...and the gaps in between.

In the discussion of place-making and art-in-the-public-realm it often seems like the philosophies and interests of artists are left in the shadows.  This panel will bring together artists – from social practice artists who often don’t have a tangible product, to traditional sculptors – with designers for a healthy discussion about the many definitions of public art and what we can do to support more public art in our communities.

This event is co-sponsored by NEFA's Fund For the Arts and the Boston Center for the Arts.

 Top: Megan and Murray McMillan. Bottom left to right: Cedric Douglas, Liz Nofziger, Artforming.

Top: Megan and Murray McMillan. Bottom left to right: Cedric Douglas, Liz Nofziger, Artforming.

Panelists:

  • Cedric Douglas is an artist and designer, who combines the use of idea, graffiti ideology and raw creativity to connect, inspire, and interact with the community. Douglas is inspired by public art because of its accessibility. His latest project, The UpTruck (funded by The Boston Foundation) is a mobile arts lab that was created to engage residents in a co-visioned, co-created process leading to a final design and implementation of a permanent art structure for the Uphams Corner Community.  Through this unconventional art and the design process the UP Truck has inspired spontaneous discovery, creativity, and fun. 
     

  • Megan McMillan, artist, writer and SMFA faculty member together with her partner Murray McMillan create a blend of installation, video, performance and photography. While the end result of the work is often video installation, they see the entire process -- from animated digital modes and concept drawings to their specific engagement with the people who participate to construction to filming to final installation -- as equally essential to their practice. The McMillans recently created “The Shifting Space Around Us” for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and “What We Loved and Forgot: Installation” for Boston's Lawn on D inaugural season. 
     

  • Liz Nofziger brought “Bounce”, a colorful, interactive outdoor installation to the BCA plaza last summer as part of the BCA's Temporary Public Art Residency program. Made up of three conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-engineered to form an oversized Community Ping Pong Court the project added a sculpture presence to the plaza as well as sheer delight to all who played on it.
     

  • Rob Trumbour, AIA is Associate Professor of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA), a founding partner in the design/research practice Khôra, and the founding director of the Boston-based design collaborative Artforming. Educated in the fields of the fine arts and architecture, Rob’s current work engages in art, architecture and landscape through the medium of installation art and emerging technologies.    

Moderator: Kate Gilbert, Now and There Director

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public however reservations are necessary. Visit Eventbrite by May 1 to save your seat! 

Venue: BCA Plaza Theater at 539 Tremont Tremont St., Boston MA 02116. The theater is handicapped accessible.

Questions? Contact info@nowandthere.org or call 617-800-0354 with questions.

With partner BostonAPP/LAB.

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