It’s 2015…. Do you know where your artists are?
Increasingly, they’re heading out of the studio and into public spaces. They’re taking over sidewalks, revitalizing urban rivers, redesigning streets to be more people-friendly, and remediating industrial lots. As 21st-century artists partner with planners, engineers, and urban communities, they’re becoming major players in the efforts to remake and revitalize cities and neighborhoods.
On Tuesday, February 24, Adam Horowitz of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Lou Pesce of Metabolic Studio, and Emily Scott of ETH Zürich/co-founder of World of Matter and Los Angeles Urban Rangers will present a panel discussion on the vital role artists are playing in revitalizing communities and making and remaking cities from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. in Betts Auditorium at the School of Architecture on the University campus. The event is part of a spring Princeton Atelier course, “Performing Environmental Stories,” being co-taught by public writer, artist, historian and Princeton’s Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities Jenny Price and Princeton University Art Museum’s Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Kelly Baum. Workshops with the artists will follow the panel. Cosponsored by Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities. Both the panel discussion and the workshops are free and open to the public.
ADAM HOROWITZ is the Chief Instigator of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Adam is a “projectician” — a co-creator of sector-blurring, border-crossing projects rooted in storytelling, cultural exchange, and social change. He has worked with Ashoka, Bowery Arts + Science, and The Future Project. Adam was a Fulbright scholar in Colombia and is an Artist Fellow with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU.
LOUIS PESCE received a BFA degree from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and an MLA degree from University of Florida in Gainesville. Since 2009, he has worked with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.
EMILY ELIZA SCOTT focuses on art and design practices that engage pressing ecological and/or geopolitical issues, often with the intent to actively transform real-world conditions. Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the architecture department at ETH Zurich, she has published in Art Journal, American Art, Third Text, and Cultural Geographics, and she has co-edited the forthcoming book Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics. She is a founding member of two long-term collaborative projects: World of Matter (2011-) and the Los Angeles Urban Rangers (2004-).