Join Now + There, UNLESS artist Stephanie Cardon, and Boston Properties for a conversation with educators, activists, Boston city officials and climate experts for an intersectional conversation about climate change, environmental justice, and an empowering reminder of the agency we each have to create meaningful change.
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. Moderated by Now + There's 2018 critic in residence Leah Triplett Harrington, panelists include Sharon Amuguni, Katarina Burin, Luis Cotto, Ryan Edwards, Lina Maria Giraldo, Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere, Stephen Hamilton, and Ekua Holmes.
This panel is free but we ask you to let us know you’re coming so we can provide ample refreshments.
Join MA-NMWA for an Artist Talk with UNLESS artist Stephanie Cardon. Stephanie will speak to this stunning work of public art, which explores sustainability, climate justice, and how taking action together can create positive change.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Over the past 25 years Paul Ramírez Jonas has sought to challenge the definitions of art and the public and to engineer active audience participation and exchange. His visiting artist lecture at MassArt on Wed., October 28 is free and open to all. Co-sponsored by MassArt and Now and There.
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.
• 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-800-0354 with questions.
With partner BostonAPP/LAB.