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Public Conversation: Public Art, Civic Space, and Activism

  • Boston Public Library Central Branch 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

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.

This event is free and open to the public but we appreciate you letting us know you’re coming by visiting the BPL’s registration page.

Lina Maria Giraldo is a Colombian born, Boston-based artist focusing on Interactive Storytelling towards social change. With a diverse body of work ranging from digital educational tools, public installations, and screen based computer generated work, she explores the questions of being Latino, the impact of Mankind on our surroundings and the power of collective storytelling.

Liz Glynn creates sculpture, large-scale installations, and participatory performances using epic historical narratives to explore the potential for change in the present tense. Recent projects include Open House a project of the Public Art Fund in NYC, The Myth of Singularity at LACMA, Los Angeles, RANSOM ROOM, a solo exhibition and durational performance at SculptureCenter, New York; [de-] lusions of Grandeur (Monumentality and Other Myths), a 5-part series of performances exploring monumentality and human ambition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Steve Locke is a contemporary artist and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. The current City Artist-In-Residence, Locke's current work includes installations at the Boston Public Library and Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. He is a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

This discussion is part of the BPL's Public Conversation Series, which features President David Leonard in conversation with academics, writers, and intellectuals to discuss events and issues of the national collective conscience.