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Anne Pasternak, Director, Creative Time, New York

Public Art and Media: From Spectacle to Political




November 24, 2008; 73 Minutes; Video

For the past 14 years, Anne Pasternak has been president and artistic director of Creative Time, the New York City arts organization that creates unconventional opportunities for artists to activate and engage urban spaces.

Recent Creative Time new media projects include screenings of Mark Tribe’s “Port Huron Project” in Times Square, David Byrne’s “Playing the Building,” and Jenny Holzer’s “For the City” light projections at Rockefeller Center. Other Creative Time projects have included exhibitions and performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, sculptural installations at Grand Central Station, sign paintings on Coney Island, skywriting over Manhattan, as well as the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11. Over the past decade, Pasternak has also worked closely with artists Christo and Jean-Claude, Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, Gary Hume, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Steve Powers, and Cai Guo Qiang. Pasternak will describe current trends in public art practice and Creative Time’s curatorial strategies.