Now + There is proud to present “Common Home,” our 2018 curatorial theme.
Over the next six months, we’re unveiling eight public artworks that explore memory and power, leisure and consumption, and collective responsibility in our common public spaces and our most common home, the earth.
Each work promises to enliven our city, encourage civic engagement, and foster public art accessibility within our shared common home, Boston.
Liz Glynn: Open House
July 26 through November 4
At the turn of the 20th century, New England’s wealthy elite gathered in opulent private salons and ballrooms in Boston to define their social status. These gathering spaces were the seat of power, privilege, and politics in the city. Open House, an installation created by Los Angeles-based, Boston-born artist Liz Glynn, is organized for the Commonwealth Avenue Mall by Now + There. Originally commissioned by the Public Art Fund in cooperation with the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, Open House was first presented at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, New York. This new installment of Open House transforms the Commonwealth Avenue Mall West into an open air ruin of a ballroom. In this work the artist highlights class distinctions and the dynamics between public and private space and beckons you to take a seat and linger. Bringing this work to Boston during a time of rapid development, we are sparking a dialogue about economic inequality and supporting Glynn’s desire to incite -more- future action
2018 Accelerator Artist Projects
Summer and fall
Two of the six are already underway. Stephen Hamilton’s stunning Founders Project, a multimedia installation piece re-imagines Boston Public School High-School students as the legendary founders of West and West-Central African ethnic groups. And Ekua Holmes’ Roxbury Sunflower project, which addresses cultural resiliency in Roxbury, launched with a seed distribution and planting event on June 2. All projects will be installed by October 2018.
These diverse projects tackle issues of gentrification, incorporate music and digital art, and spark conversation and wonder in underloved and unexpected places.