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GRAM/Ox-Bow Lecture Series Presents Jack Becker's "Public Art in the Age of Obama"

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The GRAM/Ox-Bow Friday Lecture Series celebrates the shared centennials of these two great art organizations by bringing a distinguished lineup of speakers to the Art Museum this summer. Learn about the evolution of art over the past one hundred years and experience how Ox-Bow artists envision its future.


This Friday, sit in on Jack Becker’s lecture, Public Art in the Age of Obama, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


What does sustainable mean in the context of public art today? Is it artists saving the environment; maintaining collections of art exposed to the elements; retaining careers in the field; eco-activism; community building; preserving the “art” in public art; restoring civic life; or defining new forms of creative expression? It’s all of the above.


Jack Becker is founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, an organization established in 1978 whose mission is to strengthen and advance the field of public art. As a public artist and program administrator, Jack specializes in projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events. Becker also serves as the executive editor of Public Art Review, the world’s leading journal devoted exclusively to the field of contemporary public art.


Remember, the Ox-Bow Centennial Exhibition is currently on view at GRAM, providing a look at historical and contemporary art movements through paintings, drawings, prints, glass, ceramics, metal sculpture, and book art.


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