Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism / Edition 1

Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism / Edition 1

by Cher Krause Knight
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405155582

ISBN-13: 9781405155588

Pub. Date: 05/06/2008

Publisher: Wiley

This book takes a bold look at public art and its populist appeal, offering a more inclusive guide to America's creative tastes and shared culture. It examines the history of American public art – from FDR's New Deal to Christo's The Gates – and challenges preconceived notions of public art, expanding its definition to include a broader scope of

Overview

This book takes a bold look at public art and its populist appeal, offering a more inclusive guide to America's creative tastes and shared culture. It examines the history of American public art – from FDR's New Deal to Christo's The Gates – and challenges preconceived notions of public art, expanding its definition to include a broader scope of works and concepts.

  • Expands the definition of public art to include sites such as Boston's Big Dig, Las Vegas' Treasure Island, and Disney World
  • Offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional rhetoric and criticism surrounding public art
  • Includes insightful analysis of the museum and its role in relation to public art

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405155588
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication.

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

1. Introduction: A Short History of the United States’ “Official” Public Art.

Roosevelt’s New Deal.

General Services Administration’s Art-in Architecture Program.

National Endowment for the Arts’ Art-in-Public-Places Program.

2. Conventional Wisdom: Populist Intentions within Established Paradigms.

Art as Monument, Art as Memorial.

Art as Amenity.

Art in the Park, Art as the Park.

Art as the Agora.

Art as Pilgrimage.

3. Culture to Go: From Art World to The World.

What Museums Do for Us.

My Museum.

Education, Outreach, Programming.

The Alternative Museum/Alternatives to Museums.

4. Not Quite “Art,” Not Quite “Public”: Lessons from the Private Sector.

The Art of Entertainment.

This is Special, I am Special.

Open Pocketbook, Open Agenda?.

Embracing Spectacle.

5. Super Viewer: Increasing Individual Agency on the Public Art Front.

Power to the People.

Claiming Space and Place.

Dig In.

6. Conclusion: Art for All?.

The Trouble with (Re)Development.

Nonprofits and the Ephemeral Idyll.

Back to School.

Grieving Loss, Remembering Life.

Two Tales in One City.

Bibliography.

Index

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