Alum Tom Russotti to participate in upcoming MAC panel

CentralTrak alum Tom Rusotti will be participating via video in The MAC's "Art in the Public Sphere" series of brief art talks on Wednesday, August 8.

During Tom's stay at the Trak, he brought a myriad of unsanctioned, free-thinking, button-pushing art to Dallas. Particularly, the "Dancing and Drinking Competition" he staged at the Sons of Herman Hall last summer. Dallas has a lot of personalities in town, and Tom managed to bring a lot of them together and threw an unforgettable party. It was art in the public sphere for sure. So, we at CentralTrak, are proud to see him back in Dallas talking about his work and the important of public art!


Organized by The Art Foundation, “Art in the Public Sphere” will be a series of brief slide presentations on the subject of public art, in its myriad iterations, by a panel of artists, curators and art facilitators. A wide-range of perspectives on the function of art in the public sphere will be addressed, from fostering community through one-time, participatory events, to beautifying the urban landscape with objects, to the nuts and bolts of acquiring sites and working with commercial entities to realize a project, as well as the notion of the Internet as public domain. Though their approaches are varied, each contributor in "Art in the Public Sphere" believes in the importance of artists activating public space in nontraditional ways .

Following a brief video by the creator of Aesthletics, artist Tom Rusotti, opening remarks will be made by Nasher Sculpture Center Senior Curator, Jed Morse. Presentations will then be given by Dallas artist/curator Cynthia Mulcahy, Austin artist Shawn Smith, Dallas' Henderson Art Project coordinator Scott Trent, and members of the artist-run Dallas Biennial. Plans for a proposed land art project in West Dallas by San Diego artist Robert Andrade, in collaboration with The Art Foundation, will also be presented.

The Art Foundation is a Dallas-based art collective that aims to cultivate rigorous artistic dialogue and innovative art exhibition stragedies. Joshua Goode, Ryder Richards, Lucia Simek, and Andrew Douglas Underwood are The Art Foundation.


The Art Foundation presents
“Art in the Public Sphere” a series of brief art talks
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 7-9 PM
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75204


Check out some of the recent panels at CentralTrak.

Radical Regionalism: A Panel Discussion, Part 1:

Radical Regionalism: A Panel Discussion, Part 2:

Radical Regionalism: A Panel Discussion, Part 3:

Radical Regionalism: A Panel Discussion, Part 4:

1.2 Million Stories: State of the Emerging Arts:

TALA--The Importance of Artist Insurance:


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