Public Art - Between Provocation and Decoration

May 28
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
1014 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10028
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From Anish Kapoor’s The Bean (Chicago) and Banksy’s Balloon Girl (London), to Alexander Polzin’s Celan (Paris) and Dmitri Vrubel’s Fraternal Kiss (Berlin), public art is everywhere. While deeply integrated into our culture and aesthetics of common spaces, it is also oftentimes the object of controversy. How much provocation is allowed or even desired in our democracies? Or: How much decoration is needed to please the viewer? How do we deal with public monuments when their historical content demands re-evaluation?

Curator, writer, and politician Adrienne Goehler; composer and musician Sidney Corbett; sculptor, artist, and curator Alexander Polzin; and theater director and performer Mark Jackson join us to discuss the complexities, limitations, and future of public art in the United States and Germany. Moderated by performer and political affairs officer Omar El-Okdah.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, event begins at 6:30 PM.