2015 Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art Public Art and the Commons

November 13, 2015

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-070, Cambridge MA 02139

Public art has emerged as a crucial issue over the past decade. In response to conditions of intensifying economic and political precarity, artists have renewed a dialogue on those social and cultural resources held in common, including media, education, language, the environment, and housing. The 2015 Wasserman Forum: Public Art and the Commons, November 13-14, will examine this development with a keynote address and three panels of practitioners from the visual arts, critical theory, and political activism.  Registration for this event is required. To register for this event click here.


All activities take place at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Panel discussions and Keynote will take place in the Bartos Theatre, lower level atrium. EXCEPT the 12 PM tour of the Greenway. Transportation not provided. Find directions here

12-1 PM – Tour

Lawrence Weiner’s A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER (2015),  Location: Dewey Square Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

Keynote Address

Location: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theater, lower atrium level

5 PM – Welcome

Paul C. Ha (Director, List Center)
Julie Burros (Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston)

5:30-7 PM – Keynote

Thomas Hirschhorn (Artist, Paris) on the Gramsci Monument (2013)

Swiss artist Hirschhorn discusses the most recent in his series of “monuments” dedicated to major writers and thinkers. Constructed in collaboration with residents of Forest Houses in the Bronx in 2013, the Gramsci Monument took the form of a temporary outdoor pavilion for public gatherings.

Includes a discussion with Erik Farmer (President, Forest Houses Tenants Association, New York) and Yasmil Raymond (Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA). Moderated by Jordan Troeller (Wasserman Fellow, List Center).

  • Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013
    School Supplies Distribution by Forest Resident Association Forest Houses, Bronx, New York
    Courtesy Dia Art Foundation
    Photo: Romain Lopez