art in the public realm

art in the public realm

A Call to Action

CREATING THE AUTOCRAT'S PLAYBOOK Following the Ribbons of Resistance, 100 Days/100 Postcards, and  I Resist/I Embrace projects, I felt compelled to continue my activism to reach out directly to leaders in politics, the judiciary, education, the media, religious leaders, environmentalists, the arts and entertainment, and civil society, to communicate my alarm at the growing authoritarianism that threatens [...]


Dance Biennial & The Parade of Peace

LA BIENNALE DE LA DANSE, LYON 2018 The 18th edition of the festival, created in 1984 by Guy Dermet, presented thousands of dancers from all over the world in performances and events all over the city. The major public event is the parade. This year's parade was titled "Defile de la Paix" and featured elaborate [...]


Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

 A REMARKABLE JOURNEY INTO THE MIND Our last weekend of the Early Fall Seminar took us to the unique Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. This remarkable example of naive art/architecture was created over a 33-year period by postman Ferdinand Cheval picking up stones on his daily route, first in his pockets, then in a basket, [...]


Arts and Innovation in Lyon, France

COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF IDEAS EARLY FALL SEMINAR 2018 Liz Brown and I are taking an interdisciplinary group of students from the University of Washington for an intensive seminar. Using Lyon as our laboratory, we will explore and experience this center for innovation since Roman times to today. Unlike in the U.S. where the arts are [...]


Thinking Visually, Seeing Critically

UW EXPLORATION SEMINAR Art Historian/Curator Elizabeth Brown and I are leading a three-week seminar in Lyon, France, for the Comparative History of Ideas Program beginning August 30. Our course of study will use the city as laboratory, especially focusing on the Institute Lumiere as the birth place of cinema, the Rives de Saone project as [...]