Rethinking Public Space through Public Art

Rethinking Public Space through Public Art

November 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Rowan University Art Gallery
301 West High Street
Open to the Public
(856) 256-4521
Open to all

Kaitlin Pomerantz is an interdisciplinary visual artist who makes mixed media studio work, public installations, publications, and more. She engages topics of transitional landscape, the built and "wild", natural history, and ideas surrounding ecosystems- or what parts create the whole of a given environment.  

Pomerantz has recently participated in place-based residencies including Land Arts of the American West (Texas and South West USA), Cabin Time (Sierra Nevadas) and Lugo Land (Lugo, Italy). She has most recently shown work at Sierra Nevada College, Nevada; Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, Texas; Fjord Gallery and Little Berlin, Philadelphia. Pomerantz is co-facilitator of the botanical arts project, WE THE WEEDS and an editor at Title Magazine. She received her BA in art history from University of Chicago, a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from Pafa, and her MFA in interdisciplinary visual art from University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches in the graduate programs at Pafa, and the print shop at Moore College of Art. 

For this talk, Pomerantz will be discuss her 2017 Monument Lab project, On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia). Responding to the curatorial prompt, "What would be an appropriate monument to the current city of Philadelphia?", Pomerantz chose to collect and rebuild stoops from demolished buildings around the city, and re-site them in Society Hill's Washington Square. A monument to a beloved symbol of Philadelphia neighborhood culture, the stoop is “a threshold between private and public space . . . [it] functions as a site of social interaction, of relaxation, and of participation.” She writes,  “As relics of bygone buildings, the stoops also invite viewers to contemplate the history of Washington Square Park as a site of lives lost and histories buried, as the park once functioned as a common burial ground—or potter’s field—for many years before becoming a public park. These unmarked pieces of material history recall the unmarked lives and stories buried below the soil.” Her talk will flesh out the logistics and concepts involved in realizing a dynamic public artwork exploring history, the built world, urban development, the past and the future of civic space and engagement.

This program is presented By Rowan University Art Gallery in partnership with the Departments of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability, Radio, Television and Film, and the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, with additional support provided by Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board.

This event is free and open to the public

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