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This seminar examines how cities undergoing rapid revitalization are using public art—through creative placemaking, civic art, tactical urbanism—to shape urban life. These approaches are tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value that the seminar explores.  

Seminar meetings will discuss the intersections of ethics, public art, and urban design through shared readings, guest speakers, and conversation. We invite you to join us as we host six meetings in Spring and Fall 2017 to discuss the following topics.

 

 

photo jason kellyJason Kelly; History/Arts & Humanities Institute; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI; jaskelly@iupui.edu

 

 

 

photo pamela napierPamela Napier; Visual Communication Design Department; Herron School of Art; IUPUI; pcnapier@iupiu.edu

 

 

 

photo of fiona mcdonaldEvents Convener: Fiona McDonald; Post Doctorate Researcher; Arts & Humanites Institute; IUPUI; fpmcdona@iupui.edu

 

 

 

 

Seminar Events:

 

 

 

 

Community Voices and Public Art                                   black and white photo of gothic spires

Reading Group 

Wednesday March 7th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

  • Duncum, Paul. “Engaging Public Space: Art Education Pedagogies for Social Justice.” Equity & Excellence in Education 44, no. 3 (2011): 348–63. 
  • Graham, Janna. “‘A Strong Curatorial Vision for the Neighbourhood’: Countering the Diplomatic Condition of the Arts in Urban Neighbourhoods.” Art & the Public Sphere 6, no. 1/2 (2017): 33–49. 
  • Mejean, Suzanne. Noah Purifoy. Artbound, 2015. https://vimeo.com/143690043.

Register here.

 


 

Making the City                              massive bone like art display by the water

Reading Group

Monday April 16th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

Register here.

 

 


 

Public Art and Spatial Justice

Nina Elder

Artist in residence IUPUI Arts & Humanities Center

 

Thursday Feb. 15th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated love for the land and curiosity about its use. After earning an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina returned to northern New Mexico where she co-founded an off-the-grid artist residency program called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation followed by several years as the Residency Program Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Nina’s work is exhibited and collected nationally, and has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenburg Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.

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Emergent Best Practices in Public Art and Designphoto of orange and white futuristic designs

Richard McCoy

Director Landmark Columbus

 

Tuesday October 10th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

There are a limited number of seats; please register for this event here.

 


 

The Urban Landscape as Art Spacephoto of giant art structure photo of a woman, water element

Brian Payne

President and CEO Central Indiana Community Foundation

Starla Hart

Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis

 

Thursday September 28th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

 


 

Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification

Oliver Blank & Natasha Jimenez
Co-founders of Outside, a humanitarian design agency

 

Tuesday August 15th 4-6pm

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

755 W. Michigan St.

We invite you to join us for the third meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification" and will feature guest discussants, Oliver Blank and Natasha Jimenez of Outside, a humanitarian design agency.

 


 

HISTORIES OF PUBLIC ART AND THE COMMON GOOD

 

Dr. Modupe Labode

Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI

 

Wednesday April 26th 4:00-6:00pm

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute University Library Room 4115P

We invite you to join us for the second meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Histories of Public Art and the Common Good" and will feature guest discussant, Dr. Modupe Labode.

 


 

WHAT IS PUBLIC ART?image of prarie modules urban context

 

Julia Muney Moore 

Indianapolis Arts Council

Meredith Brickell

DePauw University

Fiona McDonald

Indianapolis Arts & Humanities Institute

 

Thursday March 9th 4:00-5:30pm

IUPUI campus; University Library 4115P

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement. Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value.