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“The articles cover a broad range of topics from diverse perspectives. All speak to some aspect of the patronage, production, iconography, or meaning of public art, and some question the very nature and definition of public art itself. Thus these inquiries begin to define a new field . . . of American material culture studies.”—Winterthur Portfolio

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Harriet F. Senie is director of the museum studies program and a professor of art history at The City College, New York, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She is the author of Contemporary Public Sculpture: Traditions, Transformation, and Controversy (1992).

Sally Webster is professor of art history at Lehman College, The Bronx, and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of William Morris Hunt (1991).

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (October 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560987693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560987697
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Professor Harriet F. Senie's chief areas of research are public art, memorials, memory and material culture, the American landscape tradition (specifically, themes of the road in American art and culture), and contemporary pilgrimage practice. She is Professor of Art History and Director of the M.A. program in Art History and Art Museum Studies Program at City College of New York. In Fall 2000 Prof. Senie was appointed Visiting Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served as Associate Director of the Princeton Art Museum and Gallery Director at SUNY, Old Westbury. In 2008, with Professor Cher Krause Knight, she co-founded Public Art Dialogue, an international organization that is also a College Art Association (CAA) affiliate. The journal, Public Art Dialogue, that she co-edits with Prof. Knight, has appeared twice annually since 2011 and is the only peer review publication devoted to public art.

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The contemporary views of public art and its role in society today are varied and not at all agreed upon on all points. The various hot button topics that help describe what public art is, what it has done, what it is supposed to do, how it succeeded and how it failed, are all subjects in this anthology.
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