Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, and Texas Society of Architects announce the second season of Visionary Voices, the popular speaker series featuring celebrated public artists from across the country. Launched in 2017, the series encourages thoughtful consideration of the role of public art and its relationship to public spaces, examining the often blurred line between art and architecture. The lectures also highlight the participating artists’ bodies of work and offer a sneak peek at commissions they are executing for the City of Austin.
Austin artist Laurie Frick will launch the new season in January with a discussion of TEMPO Refresh, her intervention or “refresh” of Carl Trominski’s Moments, from the City’s public art collection. For this project, Frick was invited to reimagine Trominski’s “blue signs” stationed along the Lamar Bridge Underpass. The resulting installation reflects Frick’s preoccupation with data and her focus on hand-built art sourced from digital algorithms.
French-born, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Marc Fornes is a leading expert in computational design. His solo projects, and those with his studio, THEVERYMANY, include collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama and the late Zaha Hadid. His prototypical structures and unique organic environments are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, the FRAC Centre and other institutions. For Visionary Voices, Fornes will discuss his upcoming installation for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
In August, Brooklyn-based Janet Zweig will discuss her upcoming project for the new Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport— an immersive, interactive installation tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2019. Zweig’s public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City rooftop; a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando; and a 1200-foot frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York. Her sculpture has been exhibited at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, PS1, and the Walker Art Center, and she has been awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship and NEA fellowships, among other accolades.
Local artist Fidencio Duran rounds out the 2019 season in October. Duran’s expansive murals transform personal and neighborhood memories into visual celebrations that honor the history of his family and the Latinx community. Duran will discuss his upcoming installation for the new Montopolis Recreation and Community Center and his additional role in the project as curator and guide for other art projects scheduled for the facility.
All lectures will be held at 6PM at the Texas Society of Architects building at 500 Chicon Street, Austin, and are free and open to the public. Parking is available onsite. Visit www.austincreates.com for additional details.
The City of Austin Cultural Art Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For additional information, visit www.austincreates.com.
Art in Public Places
The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. The goal of the City’s Art in Public Places program is to commission art projects of redeeming quality that advance the public’s understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places. For additional information, visit www.austincreates.com.
Texas Society of Architects
The Texas Society of Architects/AIA is the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments. Headquartered in Austin, the TSA is a state component of the
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