About the Talk
Often working in and with the public realm, artists Heather and Ivan Morison intertwine art, architecture, and theatre in their dynamic collaborative practice, to create moments of surprise, disruption, and hope. With a diverse approach to making, their works have ranged from the creation of large-scale, dynamic public spaces, to the organization of a nomadic theatre company—in each instance engaging with ideas of collective experiences and the limitations and possibilities for creating a work of art.
The Morisons’ talk at The New School will explore the duo’s extensive oeuvre of public installations and interventions, including Skirt of the Black Mouth (2012-15), a project commissioned by Tate Modern which employed large sculptural elements to define and reconfigure public space; I’m So Sorry. Goodbye (2008), which explored the use of public space as ritual practice, through the creation of a thatched shelter, observatory, and performance space where attendees were served hibiscus tea; Black Cloud (2009- 2016), a community-created and -inhabited barn; and The Cleaving (2015), a dinner service utilizing locally-sourced cuisines, utensils, tables, and chairs that invites participants to engage in the physical space, while contributing to the activation of performative elements of the immersive environments.
Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
This program is made possible in part by Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.