ART IN PUBLIC: THE ROLE OF COLLABORATION IN CREATIVELY SHAPING NEW YORK CITY’S SHARED SPACES
By: Gina Tribotti
Published: 2017
Uploaded: 03/27/2017
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Advocacy, Cultural Policy, Government, & Law, Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Arts Administration: General, Community Arts, Corporate Art, Cultural & Urban Planning, Development, Philanthropy, Visual Arts, Museums, Crafts
Tags: community, development, New York City, public art, Sculpture

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Description/Abstract: Public art encompasses a broad body of work that has abandoned traditional exhibition space in favor of placement in the public realm. With greater emphasis on the site in which the work is displayed, public art offers an opportunity for an artist to add their voice to the history and conditions of a particular site, with a potential audience wider and more diverse than those who visit museums or galleries. Though public art has had a strong presence in New York City for decades, the functions it serves, and the organizations involved in presenting it, have diversified. This thesis compares different models for presenting public art in New York City, including city government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private development corporations. It asks: what do our current practices in exhibiting public art reveal about the cultural and economic value of presenting art in public space? Based on interviews with arts administrators, I pursue this question by focusing on issues pertaining to resources, sites, and outcomes of these projects. I show how the different strategies each organization deploys to realize their public art projects impact how certain partners are prioritized, community input is considered, and the outcomes for the project are measured. I argue that these strategies are directly linked to funding sources and program mandates, as well as relationships with site owners.