Now + There is proud to present “Common Home,” our 2018 curatorial theme.

This year 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.

These diverse projects tackle issues of gentrification, incorporate music and digital art, and spark conversation and wonder in underloved and unexpected places.

 
 

UNLESS

  Photo by Ryan McMahon

Photo by Ryan McMahon

Stephanie Cardon
THROUGH NOVEMBER 2018

In this dramatic floor-to-ceiling installation at the entrance to the landmark Prudential Center marketplace, Cardon uses orange construction debris netting, made by many hands from the Boston community and embroidered with text from the Pope’s 2015 Encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The vibrant contemporary tapestry disrupts the cool marble and glass entrance, posing questions of climate justice and sustainability, and the mounting urgency to act together to effect positive change.

UNLESS was commissioned by Boston Properties and produced and curated by Now + There with our friends at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, and Boston Center for the arts.

>> Join us for a public celebration on September 24 at the Prudential Center

Climate change knows no borders and nationalities but its effect is putting further strain on the divisions we see across race and class. This is the time to come together across our differences to care for each other and our common home.”
— Stephanie Cardon

Liz Glynn: Open House

  Liz Glynn. Installation view, Open House, 2016, on Commonwealth Ave Mall. Cast Concrete. 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, on Commonwealth Ave Mall. Cast Concrete. 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, Kenmore Square

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

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2018 Public Art Accelerator Projects

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Earlier this year 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. 

Starting on August 30, 2018 and continuing through October these multi-faceted projects are debuting across the city. The first project to present was Ryan Edwards’ HD•BPM , a digital music and projection experience that lit up the East Boston shipyard. Lina Maria Giraldo’s Golden Home and Ekua Holmes’ Roxbury Sunflower Project are lifting up the stories, experiences, and resilience of one of Boston’s oldest boroughs. Stephen Hamilton’s stunning The Founder’s 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 Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere’s Lost House will activate a vacant lot in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood at the end of September.

Patterned Behavior

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Silvia López Chavez
Through september 2019

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 november 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