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Issue 04: The Public Art Issue

Fall 2019

The Public Art Issue seeks to examine the ever-evolving factors at play when access, sites, and engagement shape the development of art and artists in the public sphere. As the roles of audience and activism shift in response to tension between bureaucracy and community, this issue provides room for reflective and forward-thinking discourse on the matter. To this end, we consider the language surrounding public art as the rise of new digital and physical platforms expand our definitions of public space.

Table of Contents




  • Individual Voices on Art at Its Most Public, A Boston Roundtable Moderated

    Edited by Jen Mergel


  • A Queer Pastoral: Nicole Eisenman’s Grouping of Works from Fountain

    Evan Smith


  • Public Reflection: Olafur Eliasson on Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

    BAR Editorial


  • Public Art in the Palm of your Hand How Augmented Reality is Expanding Landscapes in Boston

    Betsy Willet


  • Mural City: Revitalization and Recognition

    C. Shardae Jobson


  • Graffiti or Street Art? The Hypocritical Dichotomy Between

    Arielle Gray


  • Rituals of Observation

    Autumn Ahn

    Special Project

  • Sweat it Out: Helping Boston Let Off Some Steam

    Caitlin Foley, Heather Kapplow, and Misha Rabinovich, with an introduction by Leah Triplett Harrington

    Special Project

  • The University Campus as a Space for Public Art: A View through Warming Warning

    Aaron Ellison and David Buckley Borden

    Critical Perspective

  • Unseen Dimensions of Public Space: Disrupting Colonial Narratives

    Erin Genia

    Critical Perspective

  • Sorry Not Sorry: A Short Evolution of Public Art in Boston

    Cher Krause Knight

    Critical Perspective

  • nvisioning Community: In Conversation with Silvia López Chavez

    Theresa Mitchell


  • Girl Talk: Rosie Weinberg in conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh

    Ottessa Moshfegh


  • Digital Domain: in Conversation with Juan Obando

    Isabella Achenbach


  • (IMAGINE) Sneha Shrestha on Calligraffiti and Collaboration

    Lily Scheindlin


  • On Basketball, Community, and Race: In Conversation with Shaka Dendy

    Anulfo G. Baez


  • Belonging and Transculturation: An Interview with Daniela Rivera

    Denis Mwaura


  • A Joy Ride with Nick Cave

    Jacqueline Houton


  • Grief Aesthetics: In Conversation with Border Patrol

    Betsy Willett