Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 2021 symposium, Greening Public Art, will consider why artists, curators, journalists, and environmental leaders are pushing into the public realm with influential, environmentally-focused work. Is this a new movement emerging from dire predictions for the welfare of citizens and the planet? Does public art’s position in reaching large audiences become a key incentive to addressing these issues? The program will examine vital questions and analyze, through works of art and nature-based solutions to climate change, the range of responses to inextricable global crises.
Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief, ARTnews, will moderate the opening panel with artist Anita Fields (Osage), artist Allison Janae Hamilton, and Serpentine curator Lucia Pietroiusti. Inspired by Maya Lin’s "Ghost Forest" in Madison Square Park, the keynote conversation will focus on nature-based solutions to climate change with moderator Andrew Revkin of Columbia’s Earth Institute and speakers Maya Lin, Maria Rodale of the Rodale Institute, and Bill Ulfelder, The Nature Conservancy in New York. Artist presentations by Dear Climate's Una Chaudhuri and Marina Zurkow, Nicholas Galanin ( Tlingit and Unangax̂), and Tavares Strachan conclude the program.