Collaborating since 1995, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla incorporate sculpture, photography, performance, sound, and video in their art. Their hybrid works are often conceived as a set of experiments that test whether ideas such as authorship, nationality, borders, and democracy adequately describe today’s increasingly global and consumerist society. Throughout their collaborative practice, their work has also crossed the myriad boundaries between public and private space, exploring the ways in which basic materials and familiar forms can communicate complex and unexpected historical, cultural, and political metaphors and associations.
PUBLIC ART FUND TALKS AT THE NEW SCHOOL
Fall 2013 Series
Square Pegs, Round Holes: From White Cube to Public Sphere
From iconic museums to contemporary galleries, works of art are often conceived and presented in dialogue with the exhibition spaces where they are shown. While invisible, the history of that context shapes the way we come to see and understand art. Within the dizzying visual backdrop of buildings, people, streets, advertising, and the broader landscape, the public sphere offers a densely layered and complex history. An ever-changing public realm has little regard for the conventions of art history and the white cube, and calls on artworks to communicate beyond the traditional exhibition space.
For the Fall 2013 Talks at the New School, Public Art Fund invites artists whose diverse practices have encompassed significant work in gallery and museum contexts, as well as in the public sphere, to share their experiences of working in both the white cube and the public realm.
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Public Art Fund
Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.