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Art in the Open

An immersive history of public art in NYC

  • Brand, Environments

Collaborators: Project Projects, Tsao & McKnown Architects

Art in the Open exhibited work that transformed public spaces and challenged the role and expectation of art shown beyond the traditional confines of a museum or gallery. Presented by the Museum of the City of New York to mark the 40th anniversary of the Public Art Fund, this exhibition included photographs, sculptures, video footage, models, and sketches from artists like Sol Lewitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Kara Walker. Our work included design of the exhibition identity and an immersive visual timeline of notable works and milestones since the 1960s. Using the native and overwhelming language of wild postings, the visitor was transported through 50 years of public art in New York.


Keith Haring, Bill Brand, Isamu Noguchi, Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Kara Walker

“Art in the Open” functions as a resounding call for more public art and a historical defense of funding for such art

— Erik Wallenberg, The Gotham Center for New York History