Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead, image courtesy of MOCAD and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Los Angeles, Calif: HuffPo runs down public art with impact. Number one is Mike Kelley's "Mobile Homestead," which will be stopping by The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. It's the first trip to Los Angeles for Mobile Homestead project, which is brought in for the large-scale retrospective exhibition on Mike Kelley now on view through July 28.
Cambridge, Mass: Is Harvard Art Museum method of restoring Mark Rothko’s murals “a creepy, Dorian Gray-inspired parlor trick?” asks Boston Globe. More at Harvard Magazine
Philadelphia, Pa: The view from the commuter rail looks like “something Mark Rothko might have produced if he spent part of his life as a railroad tramp,” said Wired. It’s the work of Berlin-based Katharina Grosse, a commission from the city’s Mural Art Program.
Hartford, Conn: Hartford Civic Center discovered those abstract murals by Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden hanging in their concourse are worth $4.2 million. The murals won’t be used in a renovation to the building reported The Courant. “The appraisal was needed to make sure the pieces were properly insured when workers moved them for display elsewhere.”
Dallas Texas: Dallas and their police department will be converting parking meters into public art, reports Dallas Morning News. The “creative intervention” will be “temporary public art that contributes to the visual enhancement of Dallas streets,” said the Office of Cultural Affairs. Also temporary were the three sculptures by Michael Christopher Matson, which were lifted by dang art thieves. The Feds are on the case.
Boulder Colo: Some are shouting No to YES!, a typographic sculpture that would front the Boulder Public Library. City Lab with the word on the word.
New York, NY: Banksy goes Brando. Webby Awards named Banksy “person of the year” and he was a no-show. If he appeared, that would be the bigger story. The Webby Awards honored the Brit street artist for his web dependant “Better Out Than In” show in New York City this past October.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.