Metro editor Simon Wilson and curator Mary Jane Jacob address the debate surrounding public art and what it means for becoming the world’s most liveable city.
Public Art – What is it good for?
Mary Jane Jacob
Curator, writer and educator, Chicago
Mary Jane Jacob is a pioneer in the areas of public, site-specific and socially engaged art. A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mary Jane has held posts at Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2012 she was awarded the Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation, to support her investigation of the history of site-specific art from 1900’s to today. Through hundreds exhibitions, site-specific and community-based projects, and public programs, Mary Jane has worked with artists to expand the practice and public discourse on art as a shared process. Professor Jacob is also the author and editor of many key texts including Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art (1996) and Culture in Action: New Public Art in Chicago (1993).