“I use beauty as a way of helping people to receive difficult or upsetting ideas. The topical issues are merely a vehicle for making one aware of one’s own perceptual shift—which is the real thrill.”

-Fred Wilson

Artist Fred Wilson is our next guest - Public Art Fund Talks at The New School, March 28 @6:30pm

image: Fred Wilson (American, born 1954). Grey Area (Brown version), 1993. Paint, plaster and wood, Overall: 20 x 84 in. (50.8 x 213.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr. and bequest of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange, 2008.6a-j. © Fred Wilson

We have something exciting to add to your March calendar. Fred Wilson will join us for Public Art Fund Talks at The New School March 28! 

Public Art Fund is pleased to present a talk by distinguished American artist Fred Wilson. Appropriating curatorial methods and strategies, Wilson’s work investigates how interpretations of historical truth and cultural value are shaped by institutions and systems of display. His work recontextualizes icons and artifacts to expose the Eurocentric bias within cultural institutions, and many of his projects involve extensive community outreach and research in the cities where they are shown.

Recently, the Central Indiana Community Foundation cancelled the public sculpture it had commissioned Wilson to create for its Cultural Trail Public Art initiative. His proposed sculpture, E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One), would have appropriated the figure of an African American ex-slave depicted in another of the city’s public sculptures, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. In Wilson’s version, the figure’s broken shackles would have been removed, and in his hands would be a flag representing the African Diaspora. Following several years of debate among local government and community groups—in addition to numerous presentations by Wilson himself—the project was discontinued. For his upcoming Public Art Fund Talk, the artist will discuss his recent experience within the broader context of public art and the aims of his artistic practice.

Photo courtesy The Pace Gallery.

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Hear/See Fred Wilson in person - there’s still time to get tickets for this Wednesday night! Public Art Fund Talks at The New School


Fred Wilson on @art21. We cannot wait to have him join us for #PAFtalks March 28! Get your seat now.

Artist Roger Hiorns is our next guest at Public Art Fund Talks at The New School tomorrow night! Hear Hiorns speak about he how pumped 75,000 liters of copper sulfate solution into an abandoned South London council flat to create a crystalline growth on the walls, floor, and ceiling for his piece “Seizure.” More info-> (P.S. Students are FREE!)

Photograph by Nick Cobbing, courtesy Artangel 


A day with Fred Wilson. You can have an evening with Fred - join us next Wednesday night! Public Art Fund Talks at The New School: Fred Wilson


Public Art Fund Talks at The New School: Did you miss Roger Hiorns The New School last month? Don’t fret- you can view of the video of the entire talk by the Turner Prize-nominated artist online.