2018 Seminar on Public Art & Ethics

Registered participants will be emailed a password to access all readings electronically at least two weeks prior to the seminar.

Seminar 1

15 February 2018
4-6PM
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Public Art and Spatial Justice

Readings

  • Robins, Alexander. “The Principles of Participatory Art.” Art Papers Magazine 40, no. 4 (2016): 12–16.
  • Wilson, Risë. “Social Practice or Trojan Horse? The Need for an Ethical Framework to Guide Art in the Public Sphere.” Art & the Public Sphere 4, no. 1–2 (2015): 23–29. 

Guest Speaker: Nina Elder
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. 

Nina examines historic land use and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. Mines, bombing ranges, and junk heaps are source material for her landscape paintings and representational drawings that explore the line between land and landscape, beauty and banality. She has backpacked into mines, travelled to Arctic Cold War military sites, and obtained government clearance to tour the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. She has drawn with radioactive charcoal, ore from mines, and dam silt. Her personal experience of research is reflected through performative, narrative presentations that are equal parts travel log, artist talk, personal story-sharing, and scientific inquiry, as well as a call for greater curiosity and engagement with the world.

Nina Elder is an artist-in-residence at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Center in February 2018 as part of the City-State Residency program, a collaboration between the IAHI, Central State Mansion, Ignition Arts, iMOCA, People for Urban Progress, and PRINTtEXT.


Seminar 2

7 March 2018
4-6PM
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Community Voices and Public Art

Core Readings

  • 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.

Supplementary Readings

  • Palermo, Luca. “The Role of Art in Urban Gentrification and Regeneration: Aesthetic, Social and Economic Developments.” Il Capitale Culturale Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage 10 (2014): 521–45.

Seminar 3

16 April 2018
4-6PM
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Making the City

Core Readings

Supplementary Readings

  • McLean, Heather E. “Cracks in the Creative City: The Contradictions of Community Arts Practice.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38, no. 6 (2014): 2156–73.