Public art installations come and go. The transience of such works—projects like Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the Bronx or the flashy site-specific sculptures that pop up like perennials in Madison Square Park—fuels their energy and their urgency. The impermanence of these pieces is what makes us look at them harder, knowing that they’ll soon be gone. It’s rare, though, that the entire setting of a public artwork is also doomed to disappear.
Artists Khaled Hourani and Laurie Jo Reynolds have been named the winners of the 2013 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, an annual award presented each year at the Creative Time Summit. This year’s prize comes with a $15,000 award for each artist, and will be given at the Summit in New York on Oct. 26 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Arts.
You can now mark your calendars. The fifth annual Creative Time Summit, which convenes an international group of intellectuals of every stripe for two days of talks and discussions, has been set for Oct. 25 and 26 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, where it was held last year. The keynote speakers this time are Lucy Luppard and Rebecca Solnit.
As far as repurposed spaces go, the Domino Sugar Factory, nestled beneath the Brooklyn half of the Williamsburg Bridge, airs on the side of unfinished. The building was a beautiful long column of tangled concrete and glass with a high arched ceiling that let in beams of light from the setting sun. The air inside Read More
Fifteen sculptural horses look at the center of Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall from either end, confronting commuters in the middle with arresting, eyeless stares. Their colorful raffia bodies rest on sawhorses, allowing viewers to study their black fabric faces, which are embroidered with exotic designs. They came alive for the first time yesterday, their shaggy Read More
At 1:15 p.m. EST today, Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures, a disc containing 100 photographs representing “modern human history,” will be launched into outer space aboard the EchoStar XVI communications satellite. You can watch live here.
At the Creative Time Summit earlier this afternoon at New York University, Creative Time’s director, Anne Pasternak, presented its annual $25,000 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, which aims to honor someone who “has committed his or her life’s work to promoting social justice in surprising and profound ways,” to artist and activist Fernando García-Dory. He’s also an agroecologist.
It’s Friday. It’s pretty cool outside in New York, and a little bit rainy. Maybe you want to space out at work for a few hours. Here’s one option: go to Creative Time’s website and stream its annual summit, which is going on right now at New York University. Artists, intellectuals and various other people will be delivering short lectures throughout the day.
Walking through Zefta hospital, in El Gharbeya, Egypt, outside Cairo, a man points to a filthy sink and shower stall. A few minutes later he says, “Look at the treatment Egyptians get. It’s inhumane!” This is a documentary film about healthcare conditions in Egypt, by the artist collective Mosireen, and as of this evening in New York, it will be viewable on a new website called Creative Time Reports from New York–based public art organization Creative Time.
Friday afternoon, Creative Time held its inaugural Artist Sandcastle Competition. Producing everything from traditional structures to tableaux vivants, the artists used way more than just sand to realize their visions. Ryan McNamara buried some art world bigwigs in sand, Tom Sachs brought a motorized pump and Kenya Robinson got her team all tied up. Check Read More