About the Talk
Liz Glynn’s sculptural practice engages with issues of social ritual, class, and the dynamics between public and private space. Her work often features participatory performances employing historical narratives and modern materials to recreate and reinterpret objects and bygone environments that she has researched extensively. Within her practice, transformations serve to disrupt dominant historical tropes and invite audiences to question narratives framed around objects.
Glynn’s talk at The New School accompanies Public Art Fund’s upcoming exhibition Open House, the artist’s first large-scale public commission that draws inspiration from one of the grandest Fifth Avenue interior spaces designed by famed Gilded Age architect Stanford White: the now-demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom. Located at the southeast entrance to Central Park, Open House stands just eight blocks from the original mansion and transforms Doris C. Freedman Plaza into a ballroom, featuring cast concrete sculptural interpretations of the interior’s opulent furniture. Sofas, chairs, footstools, and arches will adorn the 3,500-square-foot plaza, where the public will be invited to enjoy the artist’s contemporary re-imagination of a historically exclusive space as one that is accessible to all.
Open House will be on view March 1 – October 2017 in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park.