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Panel Discussion - The Institution at MIT List

  • MIT List, Bartos Theatre 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-070, Cambridge MA 02139 (map)


Public art has emerged as a crucial issue over the past decade. In response to conditions of intensifying economic and political precarity, artists have renewed a dialogue on those social and cultural resources held in common, including media, education, language, the environment, and housing. The 2015 Wasserman Forum: Public Art and Commons, November 13-14, will examine this development with a keynote address and three panels of practitioners from the visual arts, critical theory, and political activism.  Registration for this event is required. To register click here.

Panel Discussions

4-5:30 PM – The Institution

Since the 1980s, public goods have become more and more privatized. At the same time, a growing number of US cities now require that private development set aside part of its budget for public art and have begun to elicit private partnerships to complete public projects. This panel takes MIT and Boston as contexts for a discussion on the viability of public art in an era of privatization.

Bill Arning (Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston)
Lina Viste Grønli (Artist, Cambridge, MA, and Oslo)
Lawrence Weiner (Artist, New York and Amsterdam)
Moderated by Alise Upitis (Assistant Curator, Public Art and Exhibitions, List Center)