Revitalization, expansion and renewal characterized utopian visions for American cities throughout the twentieth century. During the late 1960s, following civil rights movements, the swell of suburban sprawl and the development of ambitious highway infrastructures nationally, American cities underwent radical change. And, as the landscape of of cities underwent radical change, so did the perception of art. An expanded definition of sculpture flourished as artists began to blur boundaries that had previously determined the form, placement, and purpose of art in the public realm.
Contemporary art practices today reflect interest in capturing the socio-political issues that shape, mark, fracture, and define the architectural landscape of America’s urban centers. CITY FLUX traces a legacy of public projects in Grand Rapids from the late 1960s to today as testaments to the city’s sustained emphasis on art in the public sphere. Six emerging artists present new works that respond to the ever-changing landscape of Grand Rapids through examining possible intersections among art, architecture and city-planning.
- Free public bathrooms: Yes
- Free public parking: No
- Physically accessible: Yes