Public Art and Ethics Seminar Seminar Series 2017
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Co-Organized by Jason M. Kelly, Fiona McDonald, Pam Napier

Seminar 1: What is Public Art?
9 March 2017, 4-6PM

  • "Introduction" to The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion by Cameron Cartiere and Martin Zebracki (pp. 1-10).
  • "The Public Benefits and Value of Arts & Culture: What Have We Learned and Why Does it Matter?  by Holly Sidford, Helicon Collaborative and Nick Rabkin.
  • "Understanding the value of arts & culture The AHRC Cultural Value Project" by Geoffrey Crossick & Patrycja Kaszynska,

Guest Speakers

  • Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Indianapolis Arts Council
  • Meredith Brickell, MFA, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, DePauw University; Director, House Life Project
  • Fiona P. McDonald, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute


Seminar 2: Histories of Public Art and the Common Good
26 April 2017, 4-6PM

  • Beetham, Sarah. “From Spray Cans to Minivans: Contesting the Legacy of Confederate Soldier Monuments in the Era of ‘Black Lives Matter.’” Public Art Dialogue 6, no. 1 (2016): 9–33.
  • Labode, Modupe. “Unsafe Ideas, Public Art, and E Pluribus Unum: An Interview with Fred Wilson.” Indiana Magazine of History 108, no. 4 (2012): 383–401.
  • Lacy, Suzanne. “Time in Place: New Genre Public Art a Decade Later.” In The Practice of Public Art, edited by Cameron Cartiere and Shelly Willis, 18–32. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • Montgomery, Alesia. “Reappearance of the Public: Placemaking, Minoritization and Resistance in Detroit.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40, no. 4 (2016): 776–99.
  • Saltz, Jerry. “New York Has Solved the Problem of Public Art. But at What Cost?” Vulture, December 17, 2015.

Guest Speaker

  • Modupe Labode, Associate Professor, History and Museum Studies, IUPUI


Seminar 3: Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification
15 August 2017, 4-6PM

Guest Speakers

  • Oliver Blank, Co-founder of Outside, a humanitarian design agency
  • Natasha Jimenez, Co-founder of Outside, a humanitarian design agency

Optional Readings


Seminar 4: The Urban Landscape as Art Space
28 September 2017, 4-6PM

Guest Speakers

  • Starla Hart, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis
  • Brian Payne, President & CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation


Seminar 5: Emergent Best Practices in Public Art and Design
10 October 2017, 4-6PM

  • Alemani, Cecilia, Nicholas Baum, Renaud Proch, Sara Reisman, Manon Slome, and Nato Thomson. “Common Grounds: A Round Table Conversation on Public Art in New York City.” In High Art: Public Art on the Highline, edited by Cecilia Alemani, 26–38. New York: Skira Rizolli, 2015.
  • Bedoya, Roberto. “Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging.” GIA Reader 24, no. 1 (2013). 
  • Ehrenfeucht, Renia. “Art, Public Spaces, and Private Property along the Streets of New Orleans.” Urban Geography 35, no. 7 (2014): 965–79.
  • Koh, Annette. “Placemaking When Black Lives Matter.” Progressive City, April 3, 2017.
  • McCoy, Richard. “The Columbus Challenge.” Objects Specialty Group Postprints: Proceedings of the Objects Specialty Group Session, May 29 – June 1, 2014, American Institute for Conservation 42nd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California 21 (2014): 363–77.

Guest Speaker

  • Richard McCoy, Director, Landmark Columbus


Seminar 6: The Future of Public Art
2 November 2017, 4-6PM

  • Lloréns, Hilda, and Rosa E. Carrasquillo. “Sculpting Blackness: Representations of Black-Puerto Ricans in Public Art.” Visual Anthropology Review 24, no. 2 (2008): 103–16.
  • Schacter, Rafael. “Street Art Is a Period. Period. Or the Emergence of Intermural Art.” Hyperallergic, July 16, 2016.
  • ———. “The Ugly Truth: Street Art, Graffiti and the Creative City.” Art & the Public Sphere 3, no. 2 (2014): 161–76. 

Guest Speaker

  • Rafael Schacter, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London