Patti Phillips featured speaker at York University

Patti Phillips (Interim Associate Provost) is the featured speaker for the 2012 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts at York University. She will deliver her talk, titled “(un)Public: A Case for Collateral Art”, on February 1, 5pm, at York University. Phillips will consider questions arising around public art: its content, communication and the expansive sense of audience that includes both intended and unanticipated viewers or participants. She will discuss the peripatetic, restless scope and range of art in public spaces, and how this makes critical work on the topic an engaging and bracing, yet somewhat speculative activity.

“The variables and vagaries of art in the public realm are different, and potentially more complex, than art encountered in the more rarified environments of museums and galleries,” Phillips says. “People rarely end up in museums or galleries by accident; it’s generally a considered act, regardless of whether a viewer knows about art. Public art, on the other hand, invokes the idea of ‘accidental’ publics, spontaneous affiliations and unpredictable temporalities. The dramatically variable characteristics, dimensions, durations and contexts of public art make analysis intriguing, discursive and always approximate,” says Phillips.

Phillips’ essays and reviews have been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture and Public Art Review, as well as in books and essay collections published by Rizzoli International Publications, Princeton Architectural Press, M.I.T. Press, Routledge and other leading publishers. She is the author of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working (New York: Prestel, 2011) and It is Difficult, a survey of the work of Alfredo Jaar (Barcelona: Actar Press, 1998).

Information: www.yorku.ca/finearts/visa/events | 416.736.5187

Division of Graduate Studies, Lecture, Patti Phillips

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