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

  Liz Glynn. Installation view, Open House, 2016. Cast Concrete. Installation approximately 83 x 44 x 13 feet. Organized for Boston by Now + There, Open House was commissioned and originally presented in 2017 by Public Art Fund in Central Park, New York in cooperation with the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery.

Liz Glynn. Installation view, Open House, 2016. Cast Concrete. Installation approximately 83 x 44 x 13 feet. Organized for Boston by Now + There, Open House was commissioned and originally presented in 2017 by Public Art Fund in Central Park, New York in cooperation with the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery.

Liz Glynn
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 GalleryOpen 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

>> Located on Commonwealth Avenue Mall West

At a moment when many historic monuments have become a site of controversy, contemporary public sculpture can offer new forms to incite conversation around issues that matter today.
— Liz Glynn

2018 Accelerator Artist Projects

 
 
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Summer and fall

This spring we awarded $120,000 to our first cohort of Accelerator artists to bring 6 new projects to Boston neighborhoods from Mattapan to Allston and plenty in between. 

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.

 
 

Patterned Behavior

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Silvia López Chavez
Through september 2018

Silvia López Chavez was given the creative freedom to re-imagine a utilitarian concrete environment into one that sparks new connections with a bright, striking mural that echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of The Charles River Esplanade and of Boston. Patterned Behavior was commissioned by the Esplanade Association and curated and produced by Now + There.

>> Located on the Charles River Esplanade near the Mass Ave. Bridge. 

The Charles River Esplanade is a place where many people and many things intersect and can connect in meaningful ways. That really speaks to me, since I am always striving to create art that builds connections.
— Silvia López Chavez

See Her

 Photo: Dave Hickey
 
 


ANN LEWIS
Through SEPT 2018

Ann Lewis, working with women in a local residential reentry facility run by Community Resources for Justice, created "See Her" to illuminate the specific realities, desires, and decisions facing women transitioning out of prison. The mural features one of the facility residents, Laura, a Boston native, as a reflection on the inherent worth, strength, and potential of all women.

...it feels imperative to use our collaborative talents to highlight, honor, and support a community that is often invisible. Women, in particular, who are caught up in our correctional systems are often overlooked.
— Ann Lewis