Still mourning the loss of this Dallas art darling to New York City,
Chris Byrne checks in with Justine Ludwig, the former Deputy Director and Chief Curator at Dallas Contemporary and Creative Time’s new Executive Director.
Chris Byrne (CB): Can you describe your work with Creative Time during the last year? What’s been the most exciting aspect of relocating to New York?
Justine Ludwig (JL): The past six months I have focused on laying a foundation for my tenure as Executive Director at Creative Time. It has been about envisioning the future of the organization and setting us up to successfully realize that vision.
Reorienting to think about working within the public realm and addressing the entire city as potential site for projects has been the big shift for me.
It is a completely different way of approaching curatorial practice and thinking about community building.
You do not have the same restraints you have while working in a white cube space when working in public art. It is an opportunity to dream big and think outside of the box.
Additionally, within the realm of public art there is the opportunity to address issues of accessibility and equity directly. Living in New York so far has been a wonderful adventure.
My father is a native New Yorker and I grew up coming here, but acclimating to living in New York is something completely new to me. I have enjoyed exploring the city with fresh eyes.
CB: The nonprofit has presented many diverse installations, including Joshua White and Gary Panter’s D.I.Y. light show as well as Kara Walker’s first large-scale public sculpture.
Can you discuss how you identify and choose a new project? JL: At its heart Creative Time is a socially engaged public arts organization.
Due to that, pressing socio-political issues are often the focus of our programming.
We look to artists that have a sustained and committed investment in these issues.
We also look for an organic marriage between project and site. Where the project takes place is of great importance to us.
We revel in siting projects in unexpected parts of NYC or disrupting expected quotidian rhythms.
Additionally, we focus on creating opportunities for artists to think about their practice differently, perhaps work in a new medium or engage with a new audience.
There is no formula. Often the process is highly intuitive and calls for a leap of faith.
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