- Expands the definition of public art to include sites such as Boston's Big Dig, Las Vegas' Treasure Island, and Disney World
- Offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional rhetoric and criticism surrounding public art
- Includes insightful analysis of the museum and its role in relation to public art
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About the Author
Table of ContentsDedication.
1. Introduction: A Short History of the United States’ “Official” Public Art.
Roosevelt’s New Deal.
General Services Administration’s Art-in Architecture Program.
National Endowment for the Arts’ Art-in-Public-Places Program.
2. Conventional Wisdom: Populist Intentions within Established Paradigms.
Art as Monument, Art as Memorial.
Art as Amenity.
Art in the Park, Art as the Park.
Art as the Agora.
Art as Pilgrimage.
3. Culture to Go: From Art World to The World.
What Museums Do for Us.
Education, Outreach, Programming.
The Alternative Museum/Alternatives to Museums.
4. Not Quite “Art,” Not Quite “Public”: Lessons from the Private Sector.
The Art of Entertainment.
This is Special, I am Special.
Open Pocketbook, Open Agenda?.
5. Super Viewer: Increasing Individual Agency on the Public Art Front.
Power to the People.
Claiming Space and Place.
6. Conclusion: Art for All?.
The Trouble with (Re)Development.
Nonprofits and the Ephemeral Idyll.
Back to School.
Grieving Loss, Remembering Life.
Two Tales in One City.
What People are Saying About This
"Cher Knight situates public art in a continuum of visual experience that includes museums, earthworks and Las Vegas. Embracing spectacle and popular engagement, she expands existing parameters to make public art both more provocative and more truly public." –Dr. Harriet F. Senie, author of Contemporary Public Sculpture; The 'Tilted Arc' Controversy; and co-editor of Critical Issues in Public Art
"In this remarkable book, Cher Knight has done a splendid job of synthesizing current thinking on public art rightly concluding that in the modern world it is the public who awards value." –Dr. Sally Webster, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lehman College and the Graduate Center CUNY