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Welcome to Zombicon 2012: The Galactic Infection!

The southwest city of Fort Myers invites you to Zombicon, the city’s annual tribute to George Romero’s 1985 cult classic, Day of the Dead.  Originating in 2007, Zombicon began with a gathering of artists and performers in historic downtown Fort Myers celebrating the melting of art and zombie culture.  These local artists have since incorporated as Pushing Daizies, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the arts, art education and culture.  …more…

Portland Public Art, photo by Tamara Muldoon

Expose Yourself to (Public) Art

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Visitors to Portland, Oregon are sometimes astounded by the number of public art installations in the downtown area.  Strolling through the central city, a person encounters a diversity of artworks on nearly every block.

Since 1980, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have required a percentage of the cost of new construction or major building renovation projects within their jurisdictions to be earmarked for purchase of permanent artworks. …more…

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“What a Stranger May Know” – Twin Cities Edition

Where were you the morning of April 16, 2007? Do you remember? Can you forget?

When I was a kid, I always thought it strange to hear adults talking about where they were when some tragic national event occurred: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. While I understood how significant these events were, …more…

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In Our Element

Passengers traveling through Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon this summer should allow extra time to enjoy the series of rotating art exhibits that grace its concourses. From April 1 through October 15, 2012, PDX is featuring an exhibit entitled “In Our Element.”

The display includes sculpture by eight Pacific Northwest artists—most are from Portland—that represent the elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The contributing artists are: Richard Cawley, …more…

Station North Arts District

Open Walls begins in North Baltimore

(Credit: Catherine Mezensky)

Open Walls is a new outdoor mural project in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment district. Street artists from all over the world are painting 20 murals this spring and they hope to be done in time for the Final Friday event on May 25, 2012. The project will include notable artists from around the country, including Overunder, Maya Hayuk and Candy Chang. Murals are being painted …more…

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Fine film or fine wine? April delicacies at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art

Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art kicks off Spring with an event-filled month. The Museum begins April with an outdoor film event on April 5th followed by a tribute to Pinot Noirs at April’s Wine Tasting on the 13th.

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amid the street noise: short films on the terrace
Peck Sculpture Terrace

All Together Now anuncia el segundo evento de cine jurado con artistas locales. Películas se proyectarán …more…

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Ultra Music Festival XIV serves up an electronic music feast to Miami – March 23, 24, 25, 2012

All eyes are focused on the upcoming ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL, one of the nation’s largest electronic music festivals. The fest returns to Miami’s downtown Bayfront Park area and will be happening from March 23 – 25, 2012 as part of Music Week in Miami. The lineup for Miami’s annual Ultra Musical Festival promises to be an absolutely stacked affair.

Aficionados de la música electrónica y festivales artísticos esperan ansiosamente por el …more…

Courtesy of the artist, Ron Baron

You Are Here

Another jewel was added to the necklace of public art installations in Portland, Oregon on Friday, March 9, 2012 when a sculpture entitled “You Are Here” was unveiled at the newly-renovated Jeld-Wen Field soccer stadium. ...more...

Zoe Strauss, Together We Make Dreams Come True

Zoe Strauss and her Philadelphia Party

It’s the month of Zoe Strauss at the PMA. Or should I say months? Her 10 Year retrospective is on view now and has received much critical acclaim. (I heard even Joe Biden took a break from his vice presidential duties to come see it.) She’s throwing dance parties in the museum and sitting for office hours to meet viewers. It all feels very Strauss-esque in the desire to make sure she hasn’t created too much of a distance between herself and those she photographs. ...more...

Sketch of the Proposed Project, Image from the Denver Post

Christo’s “Over The River” Postponed until 2015

Following intense criticism, Christo’s planned “Over The River” project has been pushed back until 2015. The installation, which would involve suspending nearly 6 miles of fabric along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado, was originally planned for 2001. It’s been pushed back numerous times, to 2003, 2008, and then 2014. ...more...

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

“Moving Right Along” Entertains Baltimore Travelers

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

As train travelers hurry to their destination this winter, they have an engaging new exhibit to greet them at Baltimore’s Penn Station. “Moving Right Along” is a small show in a vacant store in the station’s lobby. The three pieces included are a sculpture, an animation and an interactive painting.

“Walls of Love” by Artemis Herber is a set of bright red cylindrical cardboard sculptures. They are …more…

Olympic Sculpture Park, aerial view with Richard Serra’s Wake (2004), © Richard Serra / Photo: © Benjamin Benschneider Photography

The Olympic Sculpture Park Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

“Does anyone have a business card?” our docent asks.

Ripping the offered card carefully and expanding it to a rough Z shape, the docent explains how the project designers, Weiss/Manfredi of New York, came up with the Olympic Sculpture Park’s unusual layout. Voilà! ...more...

Unsilent Night CD cover; photo by Tom Jarmusch.

Wordless Caroling: Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, Nationwide

There are, of course, numerous classical music works that have become iconic holiday traditions in and of themselves–Handel’s Messiah, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker,Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carolsamong them. ...more...

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Beep! Beep!

Nearly everyone living in the United States during the last fifty years has seen this artist’s work, or at least is familiar with it. That is quite an audience; however, not many people could tell you the artist’s name.

An exhibit spanning the life’s work of animator Chuck Jones, who was born in Spokane, Washington, is now on display at Portland International Airport (PDX) through March 2012. Those of us who …more…

Photo Credit: Tamara Muldoon

Portlandia – Existing in Obscurity

Paris is symbolized by the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge, and New York City by the Statue of Liberty. Portland, Oregon’s icon is Portlandia. What is Portlandia, you say?

In the 1980’s during construction of the Portland Building – a 15-story post-modern box designed by Michael Graves – a call for artists went out under the auspices of the Percent-for-Art ordinance. This program requires a percentage of …more…