May 7-8, 2024

Public Art Inside Out Symposium

Public Art Inside Out Symposium

May 7-8, 2024

A symposium organized by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), Los Angeles, and the Museo delle Culture (MUDEC), Milan exploring issues related to public art in all its forms and multivocality.

Public art is a reflection of our cultures with diverse meanings for the communities that interact with it. In all its forms, public art provokes reactions from the public. Conserving it is a complex process that involves different actors, with local communities playing a significant role in creating, assigning values, advocating for what needs to be preserved and, in some cases, conserving what is valued. Also important is the relationship between public art and museums.

"Public Art Inside and Out", which will take place in a hybrid form, aims to include a wide variety of professionals to exchange ideas—from practitioners to researchers and academics, artists, art historians, curators, conservators, architects, city planners, policy makers, collectors, benefactors and institutions procuring public art.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking original, theoretical, and empirical proposals to contribute to and promote the debate on art in the public sphere. Papers will be presented in a dynamic format based on short presentations and panel discussions to allow maximum exchange of ideas between the speakers and the audience.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

ephemerality and permanence (monumentality/anti-monumentality)

living spaces


relationships with nature



new forms of public art/future art


documentation/alternative forms of memorialization

community involvement in memorialization/conservation

musealization of street/public art

art as soft power

site specificity/replicability

monumentality, muralism, and contemporary art

Deadline to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) is October 15, 2023.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee. Authors whose abstracts are accepted, will need to submit a draft paper of up to 5000 words by March 15, 2024. All abstracts will need to be submitted in English.

Organizing Committee

Romi Crawford, Art Institute of Chicago

Stavroula Golfomitsou, Getty Conservation Institute

Austin Nevin, Courtauld Institute of Art

Marina Pugliese, MUDEC

Symposium Details

Details including registration information will be available in fall 2023. The symposium will be held in English


Museo delle Culture (MUDEC)

56, Via Tortona Milan Italy , 20144

Registration period

October 15, 2023 - 00:00 until May 6, 2024 - 00:00

Submission period

September 1, 2023 - 00:00 until October 15, 2023 - 23:30

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