May 7 to June 5, 2024

Public Art Inside Out Symposium

Public Art Inside Out Symposium

May 7-8, 2024 (program available below)



In-person attendance registration is now closed. However, if you wish to join us in Milan, you may register at MUDEC on the first day of the symposium. Onsite registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Registration fees will be accepted by credit card only.

The symposium will take place in the Auditorium at MUDEC.

Museo delle Culture

via Tortona 56

CAP 20144


Online attendees should register below. At least 24 hours before the event begins, a link to the live stream will be sent to your email on file.

We plan to make a recording of the symposium available to all attendees for a limited time. Additional information and a timeline for the release of the recording is forthcoming. We will update all regitered symposium attendees via email.

If we can answer any questions, please email


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.


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.

Note for attendees: Presentations will be in English.

Organizing Committee

  • Romi Crawford, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The New Art School Modality
  • Stavroula Golfomitsou, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Tom Learner, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Austin Nevin, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Marina Pugliese, MUDEC

Symposium Details

In Person Attendee: $150 USD. CLOSED. You may register in person at MUDEC.

Student Attendee: $75 USD. CLOSED. You may register in person at MUDEC.

Online Attendee: $50 USD

The symposium will be held in English.


Public Art Inside Out

May 7th 2024

8:30-9:00 registration/coffee

9:00-9:20 Welcome

9:20-11:00 Policies and Soft Power (moderated by Marina Pugliese)

• Lewis Biggs, Institute for Public Art, U.K. Foundational
Art for a New Town: Chris Drury at Otterpool Park

• Oscar Svanelid, Sodertorn University, Sweden. Soft Power and the Edges of Critique: Public Art in the Swedish Military

• Elisabeth Del Prete, UP Projects, U.K. Public art: Testing New Democracies

• Fang-Tze Hsu, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore. Between Soft Power and the Regionality of Art History: A Case Study of ASEAN Sculpture Garden at Fort Canning Hill, Singapore

• Mechtild Widrich, School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Lueger’s Tilt: Recontextualization and Politics in Vienna

11:00-12:15 Antimonumentality ( (moderated by Romi Crawford)

• Jeanelle Austin, George Floyd Global Memorial, USA. Public Memorialization and Preservation as Protest at George Floyd Square

• Magda Rossi, Juan Quispe Mamani, Mauricio Montano Ojeda, Colectivo Perrosueltos, Bolivia. NATINTA Urban Art Meeting in La Paz General Cemetery, Bolivia

• Todd Lawrence and Heather Shirey, University of St. Thomas, USA. Monumental Blackness: Black Lives Matter Street Murals and Commemoration of the 2020 Uprising

• Michelle Brown, University of Tennessee, jill moniz, Jonny Moniz, and Jack Moniz, Transformative Arts, USA. Abolition Now: Images for Study and Struggle

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 Keynote speech

Hamza Walker, Laxart, “Thinking about MONUMENTS”

14:30-15:45. Authorship/Documentation (moderated by Tom Learner)

• Konstantinos Avramidis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus. [De/Re-]Situation Matters: Athenian Graffiti From The Streets To Museum Walls And to the Pages Of An Atlas

• Srushti Goud, Kore University of Enna, Italy. Recounting the Ephemeral -Documenting and Conserving the Public Art of the Festivals in India

• Chiara Fabbri and Ilaria Saccani, Italy. The Intervention of Blue’s Artwork inside the Woodpecker

• Ana Lizeth Mata Delgado, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografia, Institute Nactional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico. URBARTE: Documenting to Preserve Memory

15.45-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15- 17:30 Artists panel (moderated by Katya Inozemtseva)

• Alexandre Arrechea, Cuba. From Temporary to Permanent and Back Again: Reflections on Process, Sculpture, and Social Engagement

• Dread Scott, USA. Slave Rebellion Reenactment

• Sara Leghissa, Italy. Visibility/Invisibility in the Public Space


May 8th 2024

9:00-9:45 Keynote speech, Princesse Marilyn Douala Manga Bell, Doula’art, Cameroon, and Marta Pucciarelli, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland. “Public art is (re)connection: people, heritage and space”

9.45-11.00 Communities (moderated by Romi Crawford)

• Karen Mack, LA Commons, USA. Our Stories Will Save Us: Public Art, Narrative and Intergenerational Empowerment

• Sylvia Jeffriess, UAP, USA. Arakawa Gins Reversible Destiny: Architecture and preservation through participation

• Taylor Cheng, Royal College of Art, U.K. The Forms
of Holding Us Together

• Lejla Dzumhur, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. How to Restore Sarajevo Roses? A Matter of Authenticity in Conveying the Commemorative Significance

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:45 Nature and ephemerality (moderated by Austin Nevin)

• Robert Lazarus, University of Melbourne, Australia. Sand Sculptures of Northeast Arnhem Land: Materiality, Intentionality, Maintenance

• Veerle Meul, Middelheim Museum, Belgium. Back to the Roots?Sculpture naturally in Middelheim Museum.

• Kati Ots, Tallinn Strategic Management Office, Estonia. Towards Sustainable Public Art in Tallinn

• Caroline Lerch and Brianna MacGillivray, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, USA. Sound Art as Permanent Public Artwork

12:45-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:30 New Strategies (moderated by Stavroula Golfomitsou)

• Laleña Vellanoweth, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, USA. Community Conservation: Inner Resources Mural Conservation Apprenticeship Project

• Daniel Borselli, University of Florence, Italy. Tragic Tropes: Anti-Spectacular Approaches to Public Art in the Environmental Collapse

• Pedro Augusto Vieira Santos, School of Architecture, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Intervention in the Preexistence: Learning from Contemporary Art

• Christiane Keys-Statham, Western Sydney University, Australia. Public Art and the Museum: Connecting the Powerhouse to Parramatta

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Final Round Table

17:30-19:00 (Optional) Tour of ArtLine Milano, Contemporary art park with curators Roberto Pinto and Katia Anguelova

Code of Conduct

The Organizing Committee for Public Art Inside Out is committed to fostering a positive experience for all Symposium attendees regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or physical appearance.

We expect all participants to exercise respect in their speech and actions to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

By choosing to register for Public Art Inside Out, you agree to this Code of Conduct.


Should you require an accomodation, please contact and we will endeavor to do our best to meet your needs.

Cover Image: Mural by Marco Goran Romano, Porta Romana Bella, 2021, corso Loi 12, Milano. Courtesy of teh artist. Photo by Marco Goran Romano - Commune di Milano.


Hybrid event

Museo delle Culture (MUDEC)

56, Via Tortona Milan Italy , 20144

Registration period

January 30, 2024 - 12:00 AM until June 5, 2024 - 11:59 PM

Submission period

September 27, 2023 - 12:00 AM until November 20, 2023 - 11:59 PM

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