September 17, 2021

FloGris, PARJE Host Free, Virtual Talk on Political Art Today, All Welcome

The history and practice of public art are the subject of a virtual lecture presented Wednesday, Sept. 8, by the FloGris Museum and PARJE.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum hosts a special, free, online talk titled, Beyond The Mural: Political Art to Empower and Effect Change, tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. The talk will be given by Mary Kordak, Professor of Art History at the University of New Haven and followed by a Q & A facilitated by Jac Lahav, Secretary, PARJE (Public Art for Racial Justice Education) and Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator of the Florence Griswold Museum.

Moving past the common misconception that public art is “all about murals”, Kordak will talk about more experimental public artworks. She will discuss cutting-edge art projects led by cultural leaders like Ai Weiwei, Kehinde Wiley as well as the Chicano Muralist Movement, and public/community art of young Yemeni Artists.

While these disparate artists/movements have racial or ethnic components, they also contain strong elements of social and economic disparity.

This talk will introduce audiences to contemporary public artists and how public art can be a springboard for effecting real change.

This lecture is part of a series “Arts & Advocacy: Methods to Spark Positive Change Through Art” and made possible by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both of which provide significant support to Connecticut Humanities.

All are welcome to this virtual talk.


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