Art Gallery of Alberta

Public Art Lecture Series

Public Art Lecture Series

This ongoing lecture series features artists and curators who are contributing to public art in the city of Edmonton. Speakers will provide an overview of their practice, as well as give insight into their work in this region.

Public art is considered a key component of the attractiveness and identity of a city. It demonstrates the character of communities, strengthens the local economy through an investment in the arts, and is a reflection of a progressive municipality.

Presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.

Jan Edler, realities:united
Sunday, April 1, 4 pm

Kendal Henry
Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm

Sustainable Wastage with Jan Edler, realities:united

Sunday, April 1, 4 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15/$10 AGA & EAC Members
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realities:united is an art collective comprised of Jan Edler and Tim Edler, who have been selected to participate during the design process of the Mill Woods Library. The result of this collaboration will be an art installation that is integrated into the architecture of the library.

Jan Edler studied architecture at the Technische Universität Aachen and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He had taught in the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, and the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. In 2010 he was appointed as a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Transmediale media arts festival in Berlin, Germany.

Initially co-founders of a trans-disciplinary art group “Kunst und Technik” in Berlin (1997-2000), the brothers founded “realities:united” as a “studio for art and architecture” in 2000. They have been honoured with numerous awards, including the prestigious “Kunstpreis Berlin 2009” by the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin and the Hans Schaefers Award by the Bund Deutscher Architekten Berlin. Their work in included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and noted private collections such as the Schuermann Collection in Germany, and the collection of the UK’s Mario Testino.

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Urban Revitalization: Public Art and the Quarters Downtown with Kendal Henry

Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15/$10 AGA & EAC Members
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Kendal Henry is a public art curator leading the vision and planning for a transitory art exhibition in The Quarters during the summer of 2012. Henry will work with ten selected artists to develop their projects through workshops, community collaboration and an in-depth analysis of the history of the area. This project will address the changes occurring as the downtown east undergoes an urban regeneration project to develop The Quarters neighbourhood.

Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and specializes in the field of public art for over twenty years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement and economic development through the projects and programs he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.

Henry teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Public Art Summer Residency program and is a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions. Henry served as the Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, NY where he created the region’s first Percent for Art Program and managed both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Programs. He is also the Curator at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, NY and was elected to served two 3-year terms on the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council.