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Sculpture in Gotham: Art and Urban Renewal in New York City

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free for members; $15 for guests

Michele Bogart, author of Sculpture in Gotham – Art and Urban Renewal in New York City, outlines the story of the public art movement in New York City beginning in the mid-1960’s. Bogart looks at the urban agendas promoted by developers and city agencies, the back history of the “Percent for Art Law,” the Arts for Transit Program and the formation of nonprofit art organizations advocating for site specific sculpture. Buoyed by support from federal art agencies and coupled with the increasing role of philanthropy, public art assumed its rightful place in New York City communities and also became ingrained into our national consciousness.

Bogart holds an MA and a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago and has taught art history and visual culture since 1982. Her areas of expertise are urban design and commercial culture. She has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the NEH, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art, where she served for four years as the Vice President of its Public Design Commission.


May 7
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm