Distributed by Duke University Press
Illustrations: 101 color illustrations
Published: January 2020
More Art in the Public Eye offers critical insight into the ever-growing field of socially engaged public art by demonstrating how the committed collaboration of artists, community members, and cultural producers can meaningfully impact our collective futures. Presented through the lens of More Art’s fifteen-year history, the public art projects featured in this book expose issues of systemic inequality and injustice, stoke debate, and inspire alternatives. Artists and participants reflect on their works in newly conducted interviews, while essays from thinkers and actors in the field help situate the projects and the mission of socially engaged art in terms of greater cultural and political paradigms. More Art in the Public Eye establishes the framework for the conditions under which organizations like More Art operate, highlights the many meta-questions behind socially engaged public art, and seeks to amplify the wide array of voices that make up a project.
Edited by Micaela Martegani, Jeff Kasper and Emma Drew.
Contributors: Rebecca Amato, Michael Birchall, Ofri Cnaani, Michelle Coffey, Jennifer Dalton, Pablo Helguera, Mary Jane Jacob, Jessica Lynne, Kimsooja, Andrea Mastrovito, Tony Oursler, William Powhida, Ernesto Pujol, Michael Rakowitz, Kirk Savage, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Gregory Sholette, Xaviera Simmons, Krzysztof Wodiczko.
“More Art in the Public Eye contextualizes the evolution of socially engaged art practice that has gained much momentum in the last decades. This anthology addresses the impact such work has had on society in relationship to the complex issues facing our species, other sentient beings, and the planet. It throws down the gauntlet to artists, writers, thinkers, and activists, encouraging and inspiring us all to be fearless as we address the truly urgent conversations of the twenty-first century.”—Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts and author of
Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production
“More Art spans categories: from intimate social engagement within one neighborhood to all encompassing, city-wide interventions. This book does the same: I love the close-up accounts of specific art projects on the one hand and, on the other, the broad, historical and contextualizing frame provided by highly accomplished art historians. This is an invaluable guide to projects large and small and an explanation of how we have arrived at the current moment of intersectional art practices.”—Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School
“Published on the occasion of More Art’s fifteenth anniversary, More Art in the Public Eye brings together discursive documents of its unique approach to the ever-evolving field of public art, one that synthesizes and overlaps with socially engaged art, community-based practices, and at times, artistic activism. More Art’s critically engaged form of art-in-public-space transcends the categories and limitations of public art—which has so often been instrumentalized for commercial and political ends—by cultivating and facilitating cultural projects that are nuanced, artist-driven, and sensitive to community, place, and time.”—Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation