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Panel Discussion: Public Art and the Experience of Public Spaces: New Social Perspectives

  • Room 205 Accolade West (ACW), York University 89 York Boulevard North York, ON, M3J 2S5 Canada (map)

Presented by Laurent Vernet Ph.D., Independent Researcher, Public Art Commissioner, City of Montréal

This session, which draws upon a variety of disciplines and points of view, opens the way to a better understanding how public artworks are experienced as objects that are installed and exhibited in the social environment of the city. Guillaume Éthier will discuss the example of the City of Montréal’s Bonaventure Project and the structuring role that public art is expected to play in this urban renewal enterprise. Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt will examine the controversy that emerged after a mural created by Italian artist Blu was whitewashed; the work had been commissioned for Art in the Streets, an exhibition held at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2011. Laurent Vernet will explore a definition of publics for artworks in public spaces based on the interactions that users of parks and squares have with the monuments and
artworks that they find in those spaces. The presentations will allow for further discussion on definitions of public space and of publics for public artworks, as well as the roles and responsibilities of related stakeholders, including artists, museum and municipal professionals, and urban designers, in the production and reception of public art.

Moderator: Laurent Vernet, Ph.D., independent researcher; Public Art Commissionner, City of Montréal

Panelist: Guillaume Ethier, Ph.D. Postdoctoral researcher, McGill University, Institute for the Study of Canada; Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Ph.D. Candidate, Université de Montréal