In this anthology of twelve essays, editor Suzanne Lacy and eleven eminent artists, curators, and critics forge a critical framework for understanding and interpreting the new public art that has emerged over the last two decades. Mapping the Terrain departs from traditional definitions of public art and explores how the new public art reaches diverse audiences to address issues of race, gender, homelessness, ecology, and urbanization. Also included in this publication is a useful illustrated compendium that chronicles the work of over ninety pioneering new genre public artists. Mapping the Terrain makes an invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about public art and how it can be meaningfully woven into our social fabric. TOC: Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 - An Unfashionable Audience, by Mary Jane Jacob Chapter 2 - Public Constructions, by Patricia C. Phillips Chapter 3 - Connective Aesthetics: Art After Individualism, by Suzi Gablik Chapter 4 - To Search for the Good and Make It Matter, by Estella Conwill Majozo Chapter 5 - From Art-mageddon to Gringostroika: A Manifesto against Censorship, by Guillermo Gomez-Pena Chapter 6 - Looking Around: Where We Are, Where We Could Be, by Lucy R. Lippard Chapter 7 - Whose Monument Where? Public Art in a Many-Cultured Society, by Judith F. Baca Chapter 8 - Common Work, by Jeff Kelley Chapter 9 - Success and Failure When Art Changes, by Allan Kaprow Chapter 10 - Word of Honor, by Arlene Raven Chapter 11 - Debated Territory: Toward a Critical Language for Public Art, by Suzanne Lacy Editor's Introduction Compendium Contributors Photo Credits
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Departing from the traditional definition of public art as sculpture in parks and plazas, new genre public art brings artists into direct engagement with audiences to deal with the compelling issues of our time. This is the first definitive collection of writings on the subject by critics, artists, and curators who are pioneers in the field.About the Author:
Editor Suzanne Lacy is an internationally known conceptual/performance artist whose complex performances address significant social issues and engage local populations in a place-specific manner. Lacy's background is in psychology and community organizing. Since the early seventies, her work has explored themes of violence, oppression, racism, and homelessness. A founding member of the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, Lacy pioneered the exploration of art as a force in the community and within the media. Lacy is a prolific analytical writer on feminist performance-art theory. Her writing explores areas in which art and "real life" interface with and change each other. For twenty years her art and writing have advocated activism, audience engagement, and artists' role in shaping the public agenda. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1993. Lacy currently teaches performance and new genre art at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, where she is dean of fine arts.
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