Interaction and Engagement: Contemporary Trends in Public Art

By Carole Gold Calo.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

In “Interaction and Engagement: Contemporary Trends in Public Art,” I explore the shift in process towards community involvement in public artworks which are interactive and invite viewer participation. Many contemporary artists work together with communities in the planning and execution of public projects while traditional public art media are expanded to include non-permanent materials, video, and performance. With these new approaches, serious questions arise concerning the nature of art for public spaces and the respective roles of artist and audience.

Keywords: Public Art, Community Involvement

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.169-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.212MB).

Dr. Carole Gold Calo

Chair, Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA

As Chair of the Fine Arts Department for over twelve years at Stonehill, a four-year liberal arts college, I developed curriculum in the visual and performing arts and established a Fine Arts Major with close to 100 students. As a Professor of Art History, I specialize in teaching 19th and 20th Century European and American art and have created thematic courses in Art and Gender and Art and Psychology as well as a capstone curatorial course, “Exhibitions and Collections: an Inside Look.” I have edited two thematic anthologies of readings which are used in college classrooms (Writings about Art and Viewpoints: Readings in Art History) and have written various catalogue essays and articles. Most recently my research has focused on the nature of contemporary public art and the interface between gallery work and public art created by artists who choose to do both. I am currently working on a book to be titled Pulsepoints: Trends in Contemporary Public Art.


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