Public Art: Commissions, Collections, and Engagement

May 16, 2020
11:00 am (CT)

Join us for a live online conversation on issues of planning, preservation, and opportunities for engagement surrounding public art. The discussion will feature insights on artworks commissioned through Washington University’s Art on Campus program like Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s Weatherfield No. 2 (2018), iconic site-specific works located in Laumeier Sculpture Park such as Mary Miss’s Pool Complex: Orchard Valley (1983–85), and temporary works from New York’s High Line elevated greenway. Panelists will also discuss methods of engagement during the global pandemic crisis.

Leslie Markle, curator for public art, will be joined by Lauren Ross, executive director of Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Tola Porter, PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences.


About the participants

Lauren Ross has served as executive director of Laumeier Sculpture Park since 2018. She has previously has served as a curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, VA; Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK; and in New York at the High Line, the Brooklyn Museum, and White Columns. She has contributed to exhibition catalogs published by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, New York’s School of Visual Arts, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Tola Porter is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds an MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and an MA in arts administration from Columbia University. Her research focuses on modern public sculpture from the mid- to late twentieth century, and her dissertation (in progress) on that topic is entitled Awakening Social Agency in Dormant Public Sculpture. She is a board member and archivist/historian for Public Art Dialogue, and she organized and will moderate the panel Aging Modern Public Sculpture in a Post-Modern Era for the June 2020 Americans for the Arts Public Art and Civic Design Conference.