After an extended hiatus, Discussions in Exhibitions in the Southland enthusiastically returns with a gathering to engage David Weldzius’s Public Works in a public park during public hours. This is an in-person event.
- Building: Art in the Park is a one-floor structure that is wheelchair accessible
- Restroom: Accessible public restrooms located both inside venue and nearby in Hermon Park
- Seating: Available on request
- Ventilation / Air: The space is a single, indoor room with several open doors and windows providing ventilation during gallery hours.
With the recent shuttering of a local, long-standing Contemporary Art Journal and the ousting of an Editor-in-Chief at another Forum, what comes next for the art periodical publication seems yet to be written. Discussions in Exhibitions began as an occasion to explore alternatives to a print-centric model of cultural criticism which places distance between the critical reflections of exhibitions, often derived from a singular viewpoint, and the public who receive these reflections as record at some remove, after the fact. Discussions continues to emphasize the possibility of discursive publication begins through public action.
Discussions in Exhibitions has been invested since 2010 in considering ticketless exhibitions, and their limits, through publicly initiated discussions occurring from within. As a sporadic series of unsanctioned gatherings, the aim continues to be providing opportunities for situational dialogue on the choices which compose shows and characterize the work inside them, stimulated by the diverse perspectives of those in attendance. By extension an inquiry into, and representation of, what is public in these spaces becomes tangible in the process.