A two-day symposium focusing on temporary public artworks that address an “accidental public” – people, viewers, an audience, or passersby who are not expecting to encounter a work of art. The purpose is to theorize and compare the strategies of projects that attempt to bridge the art and everyday life divide in present tense and real space, and to engage discussion that explores our intentions and the effects of choosing to work in this way.
Accidental Publics is organized by Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sculpture Department, and co-sponsored by the Departments of Performance and Arts Administration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It will include presentations by invited artists as well as faculty, students, and alumni of area colleges and universities. Presentations will focus on specific works that have been realized and have had a public life. Please visit the website of Northwestern’s Department of Art Theory and Practice for additional information as the event approaches.