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Eduardo Navarro at The High Line

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

Staring at the sun is something our mothers always begged us not to do. Eduardo Navarro's recent performance, "We Who Spin Around You," on the New York City High Line, let us brake this rule without guilt.

Public Pianos, Vandalism & the Metrics of Hope (or, How to Win 99% of Bets)

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

There is much discussion in nonprofit-land these days about how we measure impact. To that end, how do we leverage the success metric of Sing for Hope Pianos placed in "at-risk" neighborhoods? Over 99% of these beautiful artist-designed pianos emerge not only un-vandalized, but having uplifted spirits on a broad scale.

Top 8 Art World Instagram Accounts for Art Enthusiasts

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

As social media's influence on the art market grows, the art world continues to generate a dynamic mix of tastemakers that range from collectors to ar...

West Hollywood: A Model of Progressive Civic Culture to Enjoy and Emulate

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Austin Young: Portrait of Anyone Who Shows Up in Drag (2016) There is so much happening right now under both the #WeHoArts and #WeHoPride banners tha...

Seven Magic Mountains Grand Opening Desert Style

JK Russ | Posted 05.15.2016 | Arts
JK Russ

Armed with thirst-quenching libations, we navigate the natural path through the barbed bushes and spiky yuccas. A sign warns of the possible presence of venomous snakes and I hope we are all making enough noise to ensure any lurking reptiles keep their distance.

I Turned My SUV Into a Queer Art Car

Sue Kerr | Posted 05.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

When I started the planning process for my community art project exploring the lives of LGBTQ residents of Western Pennsylvania (#AMPLIFY), I knew tha...

Martin Creed Will Illuminate Brooklyn Bridge Park

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 05.01.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

"His art confronts us with things we think we already know -- inviting us to look at them afresh."

Elmgreen & Dragset: Van Gogh's Ear

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

This spring, Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer have organized an out of this world exhibition by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset at the Fifth Avenue en...

The Best Public Art in the World to See Now

Sarah Stodola | Posted 04.14.2016 | Travel
Sarah Stodola

Public art can be tricky business. In the wrong hands, it becomes just another part of the corporate milieu, or succumbs to heavy-handed propaganda.

A Vision of Clean Energy Public Art: LAGI Visits Las Vegas

JK Russ | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
JK Russ

Rows of elevated solar panels rise up from the cacti garden in front of the new Las Vegas City Hall. At night the harnessed solar energy lights up a blue-toned electronic display on glass fins across the building's façade.

A New Yorker's Guide To Getting Outside And Seeing Art This Summer

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts

The challenge for every New Yorker come springtime: figure out how to spend as much time as possible outside, under the warmth of the sun, before the ...

TRANSPOSITION: Over Many Miles, an Interactive Installation by Paula Crown

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

TRANSPOSITION: Over Many Miles, an immersive, site-specific installation by artist Paula Crown, debuted in the Miami Design District in December 2014 ...

How 'Reverse Graffiti' Is Being Used To Tell Stories In Dirt

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts

Reverse graffiti -- otherwise known as clean tagging, grime writing, or green graffiti -- is a type of street art that involves the removal of dirt fr...

Iowa City's Solar Tree: 100 Grannies Lead Groundswell for Downtown Public Art Showcase

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.28.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A game-changing "solar tree" public art initiative launched by the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future has galvanized a groundswell of support for a more community-based, inclusive and environmentally focused alternative that could serve as a public art model for other American cities.

Save Boston's Citgo sign!

Louisa Kasdon | Posted 02.09.2016 | Entertainment
Louisa Kasdon

Hey BU! We're not done with the Citgo Sign! When I was a little kid lying on my bed on Bay State Road in Kenmore Square, I could blot out the Citgo ...

117 Ways to Describe LGBTQ Identity

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

While we can certainly tease out some common terms, this shows that there is no monolithic LGBTQ identity -- if we only listen to what people have to say.

33 Art Billboards Soothing Road Rage Across Los Angeles

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts

In the opening scene of Falling Down, a man named Bill Foster (played by Michael Douglas) is stuck in gridlocked traffic on the hottest day of the yea...

Was 2015 The Year Of The Mural?

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Was 2015 the "Year of the Mural"? A lot of people thought so, and the rise of commercial festivals and commissioned public/private mural programs p...

An Old, New Art Form Your City Needs: Graffiti

John M. Eger | Posted 11.19.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

Across the world graffiti is labeled a nuisance by government officials and citizens alike. Increasingly, however, some communities see graffiti as a new art form that ought to be nurtured and seen as an expression of a vibrant culture and a forward thinking community.

How A Public Art Fest Made A Real Change In A Detroit Neighborhood

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts

A public art festival that brought dozens of murals to a Detroit neighborhood last week also sparked a subtler, but no less inspiring, change in stude...

Giant Megaphones Let You Listen To The Forest

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts

Somewhere in Estonia, amid the lush green leaves, encroaching moss and dark bark of the country's forests, is a massive megaphone. Made of beautifully...

An Interview With Jeffrey Breslow: Sculptor, Creator and Artist -- Boulder and Bolder

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Carroll F. Gray

Jeffrey credits his University of Illinois Professor, Edward Zagorski, for helping him to develop a clear sense of Design, as distinct from "shaping and making." Jeffrey calls Design "the secret operator behind everything-automobiles, furniture, appliances, toys..."

Mauro Perucchetti and a Monument to Womankind

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Now, with "Michelangelo 2020" Perucchetti reimagines another of the most universally known Renaissance masterpiece -- the classic David sculpture -- in female form, as a tribute to gender equality.

Ville de Québec: Québec City Is A Historic, Artistic Hub in Canada

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Canada is a big country like the U.S.A. but it has one thing we don't have -- a French speaking and culturally organized (state), province. I know some people think our regional dialects are similar to visiting another country, because they are so distinctive but overall, we still speak English here.

On Vacation? Rise and Shine -- Explore the Arts All Around You!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Can you think of a trip you took where you didn't see an interesting piece of art or fascinating architecture, or learned something new about the local culture? I bet you can't. The arts become a part of the travel experience even when that isn't the intent of a trip.