In partnership with Texas Society of Architects, we are pleased to announce the second season of Visionary Voices, the popular speaker series featuring celebrated public artists from across the country. Launched in 2017, the series encourages thoughtful consideration of the role of public art and its relationship to public spaces, examining the often blurred line between art and architecture. The lectures also highlight the participating artists’ bodies of work and offer a sneak peek at commissions they are executing for the City of Austin.
Austin artist Laurie Frick will launch the new season in January with a discussion of TEMPO Refresh, her intervention or “refresh” of Carl Trominski’s Moments, from the City’s public art collection. For this project, Frick was invited to reimagine Trominski’s “blue signs” stationed along the Lamar Bridge Underpass. The resulting installation reflects Frick’s preoccupation with data and her focus on hand-built art sourced from digital algorithms.
French-born, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Marc Fornes is a leading expert in computational design. His solo projects, and those with his studio, THEVERYMANY, include collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama and the late Zaha Hadid. His prototypical structures and unique organic environments are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, the FRAC Centre and other institutions. For Visionary Voices, Fornes will discuss his upcoming installation for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
In August, Brooklyn-based Janet Zweig will discuss her upcoming project for the new Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport— an immersive, interactive installation tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2019. Zweig’s public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City rooftop; a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando; and a 1200-foot frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York. Her sculpture has been exhibited at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, PS1, and the Walker Art Center, and she has been awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship and NEA fellowships, among other accolades.
Local artist Fidencio Duran rounds out the 2019 season in October. Duran’s expansive murals transform personal and neighborhood memories into visual celebrations that honor the history of his family and the Latinx community. Duran will discuss his upcoming installation for the new Montopolis Recreation and Community Center and his additional role in the project as curator and guide for other art projects scheduled for the facility.
All lectures will be held at 6PM at the Texas Society of Architects building at 500 Chicon Street, Austin, and are free and open to the public. Parking is available onsite. Visit www.austincreates.com for additional details.
Please see videos of the 2018 Visionary Voices lectures below: