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City of Art: New York’s Hidden Treasures Revealed

Ahead of the panel discussion City of Art: New York’s Hidden Treasures Revealed which MAS is hosting on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 pm., leading environmental artist George Trakas talked to Elizabeth Werbe of MAS about his recent public art work in New York City. Widely acclaimed for numerous projects in North America and Western Europe over the past thirty years, Trakas has recently completed a major piece of work for the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn. Commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program, his creation makes approximately 1,000 feet of shoreline accessible to the public. City of Art: Hidden Treasures Revealed has been organized in conjunction with the publication of the book Public Art New York by Jean Phifer.  An esteemed panel of artists, designers, and scholars will explore the criteria for successful public art and its role in revitalizing civic spaces, interpreting shared histories, and engaging residents in the life of their communities.  Sara Reisman, director of the Percent for Art program, will moderate the panel featuring Mary Miss, Brian Tolle, George Trakas, and Jean Phifer, who will autograph copies of her book following the program. $15; $10 MAS members. Purchase tickets online or call 212 935 2075.