In/With/For the Public
Issue

12.1 / In/With/For the Public

January 26 2020
Illustration by Will Betke-Brunswick.

Introduction

Art Practical Editors

This issue is supported by the Rainin Foundation and is a supplement of the Open Spaces Symposium at the Oakland Museum of California. It sheds light on the various processes that are involved in the logistical inner-workings of public practices. We have reached out to artists and cultural organizers who have first-hand experience navigating the complex landscape of making art that engages with the public. We recognize that it takes practice to do this work well. With this issue, we aim to inspire and empower current and future generations of artists to develop creative, ethical, and sustainable ways of engaging with the public. Artists responded to one or more of the following prompts as they apply to their own practice: 

  • How do you build allies?
  • How do you expand the expectations for public practice?
  • What has surprised you in working with the public?
  • How do you respond to a specific prompt or context, while staying connected to your broader practice?
  • How do you stay grounded in your community, while having a wide reach?
  • How do you work nationally while representing the local?
  • How do you navigate civic art programs?
  • How do you approach working with youth?
  • How do you subvert, while abiding by permit regulations and laws?
  • How do you work with public parks and spaces?
  • How do you think through security and protection?
  • What insight can you offer on working on a selection committee as opposed to working as an artist?

Features

WHAT IS PUBLIC

WHAT IS PUBLIC

ENCRYPTED EMAIL, SECURING YR EMAIL, ENCRYPTED MESSAGING, SECURE PRIVATE WEB BROWSING...

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