Friday, February 21, 2014 Art as an Agent in Public Space: Dia Art Foundation
ISConnects visited our neighbors at The College of New Jersey for Art as an Agent in Public Space: Dia Art Foundation on February 21, 2014. Kelly Kivland, Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, discussed Dia’s founding purpose and the projects that have helped make Dia into the organization it is today. Dia was founded to help artists realize projects that might not otherwise be accomplished because of scale or scope. Dia has multiple sites, including Dia: Beacon and Dia: Chelsea. Dia also maintains public art at multiple sites, including Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field near Quemado, New Mexico, and Earth Room in New York City; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Salt Lake City, Utah; Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) in New York City; and Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the Bronx, New York. Kelly Kivland opened the discussion for a Q&A session with students, artists, collectors, and sculpture enthusiasts after the lecture.
The College of New Jersey’s Brown Bag Lecture Series provides TCNJ students, faculty, and the surrounding community with interactive programming that engenders interdisciplinary engagement and addresses the connectivity of how the Arts can increase social and economic capacity for communities to be self-sustaining.
Dia Art Foundation identifies, fosters, and presents those artists who have the potential to change the way we think about art and the world. Today, Dia is a constellation of sites, from the iconic permanent, site-specific artworks and installations in New York, the American West and Germany; to an exhibition program that has commissioned dozens of breakthrough projects; to the realization of the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton; and finally to the vast galleries of Dia: Beacon.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011 with support from the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, ISConnects explores unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Programming includes special access to traveling exhibitions, conversations with artists, panels, networking events and tours. Together, the ISC and collaborating organizations offer accessible programming that addresses trends in sculpture. ISConnects is made possible by support from Johnson Art and Education Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Kelly Kivland, Dia Art Foundation, Assistant Curator, Johannah Hutchison, International Sculpture Center, Executive Director, and Dr. John C. Laughton, Dean, School of the Arts & Communication, The College of New Jersey.