Looking at ‘Art in the Public Eye’ from different angles


publicA series of three related events at different venues — all exploring the topic of “Art in the Public Eye” — gets underway Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion at the Montclair Art Museum. Art critic Dan Bischoff, who writes for The Star-Ledger and other publications, will moderate a free panel discussion featuring art historian and curator Joseph Jacobs, censorship expert Svetlana Mintcheva and artist Dread Scott, whose controversial 1988 installation “What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?” drew criticism from politicians, including President Bush, and launched many debates on freedom of speech.

According to a press release, the panelists “will discuss the issues and concerns that arise in the creation of public art installations and how they may engage their communities in dialogue.”

Visit montclairartmuseum.org.

Meanwhile, an exhibition titled “Art in the Public Eye: What’s All the Fuss?,” will run from Oct. 29 to Nov. 25 at the Pierro Gallery at the Baird Center in South Orange; visit pierrogallery.org.

And three one-act plays on the subject of art in the public eye will be presented Nov. 8 at the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, with a discussion following. Tickets are $15; visit sopacnow.org.


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