Finally, the Center for Public Art and Design, an “urban art lab for creatives interested in public art, design and the expansion of art in community,” opened for the first time last night.
All this time I’ve been wondering what that space would add up to. Not that I’ve ever asked anyone. I’ve kind of enjoyed the anticipation and the mystery.
The exhibit showed moving sculpture by Joe Pentland, a wall of pages from the very cool Be Our Neighbor blog, documentary photos of Pleasure Beach by Daniel O’Brien, and perhaps most interestingly, a proposed Alan Neider “awning installation” that would light the center’s entrance. What a welcome splash that would be.
The gallery is in a John Street retail spot on the ground floor of Read’s Artspace. The center describes its programming as being centered around “public art and creative teams” and will “feature experimental work and a exhibition space for touring shows. It will act as a hub for artists along the I-95 corridor spanning from Providence, R.I., to Brooklyn, N.Y.”