Public Art and Activism: 1980s to Today
Monday, June 3, 2019, 6:30 - 8pm
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This June, Public Art Fund will present the seminal billboard “Untitled”, 1989 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, b. Cuba, 1957-1996) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride in New York City. Public Art Fund originally organized the project in 1989, when Gonzalez-Torres first installed this work on the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Thirty years later, the work will be shown in its original location: Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village, above Village Cigars and across from the historic Stonewall Inn bar.
On the occasion of this project, on June 3 Public Art Fund will hold a panel discussion on public art and activism spanning almost 40 years. The panel will feature pioneering artists and activists whose practice and work in the public realm addresses social mobilization and advocacy for human rights.
About the speakers:
Joy Episalla is an interdisciplinary artist whose work pushes photography and the moving image into the territory of sculpture. A longtime AIDS activist, Episalla is a board member of TAG Treatment Action Group and a founding member of the queer women artists’ collective fierce pussy. Formed in New York City in 1991 through their involvement in AIDS activism during a decade of increasing political mobilization around LGBT rights, fierce pussy brought lesbian identity and visibility directly into the streets. The collective continues to work together today.
Avram Finkelstein, co-founder of the group Silence=Death Project, which created the "Silence=Death" anti-AIDS logo to combat institutional silence surrounding homophobia and HIV/AIDS, and member of the art collective Gran Fury. In 1991, Public Art Fund organized the exhibition Gran Fury: Women Don't Get AIDS They Just Die From It, a project aimed to raise awareness for the need for increased AIDS education and health care.
Paola Mendoza, co-founder and Artistic Director of the first Women's March on Washington. She is a film director, activist, and author working at the leading edge of human rights.
The conversation will be moderated by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund.
Public Art Fund Talks are presented in partnership with The Cooper Union
Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)