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Tue, Mar 27, 2018 6:30pm –


Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
at 103rd St
New York  New York  10029
United States
Museum of the City of New York

State of the (Public) Art

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, image by Francisco Jesús Gómez Gálvez

Public art has powerfully transformed not only New York City’s public spaces, but also New Yorkers' basic expectations of what art itself can be once it is "in the open" and outside the confines of museums and galleries. Join leaders of some of the city's most innovative public art projects and spaces -- Governors Island’s Meredith Johnson, The Laundromat Project’s Kemi Ilesanmi, and the Percent for Art’s Kendal Henry -- for a roundtable discussion about what's next in the world's most exciting city for public art.  

This program is inspired by the MCNY exhibition, Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York (opens November 10).

About the Speakers:
Kendal Henry is an artist, curator, and the Director of Percent for Art. Managed by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Percent for Art commissions a diverse mix of artists to create hundreds of multi-media site-specific works throughout the city.

Kemi Ilesanmi is the Executive Director of the Laundromat Project, which brings socially relevant and socially engaged arts programming to laundromats and other everyday community spaces in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point/Longwood.

Meredith Johnson, Vice President of Arts and Culture for the Trust for Governors Island, oversees the selection and implementation of public art on the island. Johnson formerly served as Director of Consulting at Creative Time.

Daniel Palmer (moderator) is Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund where he has curated exhibitions including Liz Glynn's Open House, and Commercial Break. He previously served as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum.

Ticket includes museum admission.