To start our day: More Vintage Mardi Gras:
Tonight: Who is public art for?
How does art enhance the public realm, and who is the art for? An interesting lecture ( he posted on twitter that it is more of a "conversation") will be at the Public library on Monday, February 20, at 7:00. Max Grinnel will talk about the role public art has in American Cities.
*BTW: More twitter talk says he had a good time in Larryville this past weekend!
Here is the description of his presentation tonight from the Lawrence Public Library;
The question "what is art" can be quite simple or complex. When we think about art in cities, things get even murkier. Who is art for? Is it statues of long-gone military heroes? How does art enhance the public realm? Author and urbanologist Max Grinnell will talk about the role of public art in American cities, via illustrative materials from his travels at the Lawrence Public Library. Through this talk, guests will learn a bit more about how public art shapes our understanding of urban spaces and how different public art projects can truly be exercises in community building.
Max Grinnell is a writer, traveler, and explorer who has published extensively on urban environments, most often those in Chicago and Boston.