Innovating Public Art - Symposium this Friday

This Friday, join Madison Square Park Conservancy at SVA Theatre for our annual symposium on public art. The program includes dialogue amongst artists, leaders, and thinkers on outdoor work in the public realm as a catalyst for innovation.

Innovating Public Art

Friday, June 21, 2019

9:00AM to 12:00PM

SVA Theatre

333 West 23rd Street

New York, NY

Free and open to the public.

Reservations required: RSVP Here


Museums, public art programs, civic organizations and public parks are focusing on outdoor art as a catalyst to showcase emerging or established artists, to inspire, to incite debate, and to bring people to different destinations. Is there increased focus on public art today because of innovations in the field? Why are communities and institutions endorsing this type of work as part of civic responsibility? Are there benefits to neighborhoods hosting public art? Are there risks for the artist or the site in realizing new work in unexpected space? How do artists and institutions endorse innovative methods for public art in studios and sites?


Sheila Kearney Davidson

Chair, Board of Trustees

Ron Pizzuti

Chair, Art Committee

Jonathan Kuhn

Director of Art & Antiquities, NYC Parks


Brooke Kamin Rapaport

Deputy Director & Martin Friedman

Senior Curator

Commissioner, U.S. Pavilion

2019 Venice Biennale 

Panel Discussion

Holland Cotter | Moderator
Co-Chief Art Critic
The New York Times
Firelei Báez 
New York

Alex Da Corte
Ryan Dennis 
Curator and Art Programs Director
Project Row Houses

Max Hollein
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York


Martin Puryear

Artist and U.S. Representative

2019 Venice Biennale

Billie Tsien

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

New York

Exhibition Designer, U.S. Pavilion

2019 Venice Biennale

Tod Williams

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

New York

Exhibition Designer, U.S. Pavilion

2019 Venice Biennale


Stéphane Aquin

Chief Curator

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Washington, D.C.

Abigail DeVille


New York

Leonardo Drew



Cristina Iglesias



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