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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center


Exquisite Corpse: Nature, Form, and Function of Cities and Public Art in 2021

Exquisite Corpse was a collaborative game beloved by the Surrealists in which multiple participants composed a phrase or drawing collectively, each working within certain confines but unaware of the preceding or future contributions. The final result was a calculated yet random composition. In their own way, cities are similarly assembled in a collaborative way, to sometimes-dazzling effect. A year into the pandemic, we have an increased understanding of the value and necessity of public space, an eye to the democratization of art within those spaces, and perhaps a rethinking of the collective way of life and use of cities.
A conversation with Shamim M. Momin, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Tom Finkelpearl, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, cultural policy consultant, and author, Fred Fisher, AIA, founding partner of Frederick Fisher and Partners, and Allan Schwartzman, Founder and Principal of Schwartzman & Associates.