The Artist in Public Life: A Symposium on Public Practices brings together experienced public practitioners, arts administrators, and emerging artists to explore the dimensions of commissioned and artist-initiated work in the public realm, and offer practical strategies for artists entering the field.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.
Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Keynote: Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of the Public Art Fund
Nicholas Baume was appointed Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, a nonprofit organization that 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. Recent shows include solo projects by Ryan Gander, Paola Pivi, Rob Pruitt, Ugo Rondinone, and Thomas Schütte; the group exhibitions Statuesque and Common Ground; the major career survey Sol LeWitt: Structures 1965-2006; and the blockbuster project Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus. Prior to joining Public Art Fund in 2009, Baume served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm
Panel and Roundtable Discussion
Mark Brest van Kempen
Moderated by Hesse McGraw, SFAI Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs
Learn about the full program here.
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The Artist in Public Life: A Symposium on Public Practices is supported by the Ann Chamberlain Distinguished Visiting Artist Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, supported by a generous bequest by artist and SFAI faculty member Ann Chamberlain made through the Harker Fund at The San Francisco Foundation. Launched in 2010, the artist program was created as a lasting reminder of Chamberlain’s contributions to SFAI and to the art world at large. The program includes public lectures, colloquia, and symposia by distinguished visitors—past guests include Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Lucy Orta, Andrea Zittel, and Nina Katchadourian—and provides direct access to artists and thinkers whose contributions to contemporary interdisciplinary practices and methodologies represent the highest level of achievement.
When & Where
San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art.