Discussion: Thursday, July 29 at 4:30pm
The City of Alexandria, through the Office of the Arts, will host a free online roundtable discussion about public art and the subjectivity of perception in Site See: Three Artists, One Site, on Thursday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. EDT. Zoom access details are available with an RSVP via Eventbrite.
Since 2019, Alexandria commissioned original, temporary public art in Waterfront Park, for its Site See: New Views in Old Town series. The participating artists are SOFTlab’s Michael Szivos, who designed Mirror Mirror in 2019, Olalekan Jeyifous, who created Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies in 2020, and Mark Reigelman II, whose current installation, Groundswell, is on view until November 2021.
Szivos, Jeyifous, and Reigelman will discuss how each approached the site, what inspired them, and how their creative practices manifested in Alexandria. Though they were all given the same assignment and goals, the resulting artworks were vastly different in form and content. Each touched upon distinctive aspects of Old Town Alexandria’s 272-year story, thereby engaging visitors in unique ways. The panel conversation will be a new lens to examine the site-specificity and the personal and individual nature of perspective.
Moderated by Betsy Johnson, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the dialogue will also explore how particular circumstances influenced each artist, such as being the first artist in the series, how the previous installation(s) influenced the artists’ perceptions, and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their work.
The installations have been popular among the public and well received by art critics. They’ve generated thousands of social media posts since 2019, with individual installations being covered in local, national, and international publications, including The Washington Post, Architectural Digest, and ArtDaily.
This event is ideal for artists, architects, landscape designers, urban planners, developers, and anyone interested in how artists and art can impact public spaces, as well as fans and followers of the artists’ work.
Public Art in Alexandria
To learn more about public art in Alexandria, review the Public Art Implementation Plan & Policy, or learn more about other public art projects in Alexandria. Visit alexandriava.gov/PublicArt or follow @alexartsoffice on Instagram and Twitter. Add to the conversation with #artsALX.