SYMPOSIUM:

Art in the Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities

Friday, April 25 2008
Art in the Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities

Student Union Ballroom   from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
free and open to the public

The University Museum of Contemporary Art, in partnership with the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History and the Department of Landscape Architecture, will host The University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, invites you to join us in Art in The Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities to examine the complexities and challenges of producing work in and about the public domain. In conjunction with a daylong symposium exploring the conceptual and tangible difficulties of art in the public sphere, the University Museum of Contemporary Art will present a juried Exhibition of proposed public art projects that address issues of temporality, community, place, and practice on local, national, and global levels, which will highlight the contemporary trends and new ideas in the field of public art.

While the term "public art" traditionally tends to suggest the timeless and immutable - the very 'stuff" of traditional monuments - today's public art often provides a dynamic commentary on the change and indeterminacy that is a part of our daily lives. As public life becomes dominated by increasingly fragmented identities and restless societal differences, the University Museum of Contemporary Art's daylong symposium will consider how the operative criteria for actualizing work in the public domain can be culturally resonant, ecologically sound, imaginatively stimulating, perceptually engaging, and politically effective.

By bringing together architects, artists, designers, curators, scholars, and landscape architects we will examine the complexities and challenges of producing work in and about the public domain in relation to Temporality, Community, Place, and Practice. A series of conversations and panel discussions will provide a critical space to consider various theories, processes, and models for artistic intervention. Directly following the symposium is the opening of the juried exhibition that will run from April 25, 2008 to May 24, 2008, which transfers the complexities of the discussions to the visual realm.

The Symposium is free and open to the public, however, registration is required: Please RSVP by calling 413-545-1176 or register online to reserve your space.
Discounted $5 Parking is available at the Campus Center Parking Garage for the entire day, please request parking passes at the Registration Table.

Art in the Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with support from Jane's Trust.

Additional support is gratefully acknowledged:
Western MA AIA; UMASS Alumni Association; UMASS Arts Council; Student Affairs Cultural Enrichment Fund; UMASS Conference Services Administration; Campus Center Hotel; Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment; Vice Provost for Research; Graduate Dean's Office; Department of Art, Architecture and Art History; Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning; William A. Berry & Son, Inc.; Steve and Ruah Dinkelaker, and other private sponsors.

Learning Units for Architects: This program is free and open to the public.
WMAIA is charging an administrative fee to cover the reporting of learning units for architects. To register for learning units visit www.wmaia.org or contact director@wmaia.org.

 

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Exhibition Events

In conjunction with the symposium, the University Museum of Contemporary Art will present a juried exhibition of international art projects.
The exhibition will open on April 25 - May 18, 2008.