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Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Private in Public Art with Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Community, Social Practice, Visual Art
Tags: Public Art, Art

About the Session

Public art at its best moves us from where we’re standing to what we’re feeling, from communal showiness and placement to personal, abiding sentiment. In this session, I’ll discuss some successful public art projects of mine in the Valley, with lean toward their secret sense of underlying story, their context from the artist’s point of view. In contemporary life, art in public is out of context and, therefore, surprising: a mural making us feel something about an otherwise plain wall, a few words in stone around a lake helping us, in that moment, to see water differently. In these ways, public art is startling. Mostly, that is good.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Picture of Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry, including The Theater of Night—winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award—three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the border, Capirotada. His book The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body was a finalist for the National Book Award.   Ríos is the recipient of numerous accolades and his work is included in over 300 national and international literary anthologies.  He is also the host of the PBS program Books & Co. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music. Ríos is a University Professor of Letters, Regents’ Professor, and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English at Arizona State University. His most recent book is A Small Story About the Sky.