The Baird




Art in the Public Eye: What's all the Fuss?
October 29 - November 25, 2015

Art in the Public Eye: What's All the Fuss?
In this era of rapid social and political change, art often challenges viewers with today’s hot button topics, compelling us to see changing ideas from multiple perspectives. This exhibition examines the work of artists who investigate the controversial subjects that spark public discussions today. Guest Curators are Judy Wukitsch (Pierro Foundation) and Raleigh Ceasar (Independent Curator and Artist). It opens Thursday, October 29, 7-9 pm with a public reception and continues through November 25 at the Pierro Gallery at the Baird Center in South Orange. Admission is free.  The project is a co-production of the Pierro Gallery and the Pierro Foundation.

Art Talk/ Panel
November 19, 7pm
Four artists including aTrix Rosen and Grace Graupe Pillard address the challenges they face when creating works with controversial subject matter.
Moderated by Judy Wukitsch

Gallery Hours are Monday- Thursday, 11am-4pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm and by appointment.

Contact: to make an appointment or schedule a free group tour.

Related Programming from ART IN THE PUBLIC EYE  partners:

Art in the Public Eye Panel: Montclair Art Museum 10/22/2015 at 7pm

The panelists represent a variety of perspectives and will discuss the issues and concerns that arise in the creation of public art installations and how they may engage their communities in dialogue. Art critic Dan Bischoff will serve as moderator, joined by panelists Joseph Jacobs, art historian and curator, and major contributor to the newly revised Janson's History of Art; Svetlana Mintcheva, director of programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship; and celebrated artist Dread Scott, whose use of the American flag in his art resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision. This panel is co-sponsored by the Pierro Foundation and the Montclair Art Museum.

Art in the Public Eye: 3 One Acts, November 8, 2015 at 3:00

The Loft at SOPAC. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling (973) 313-2787. 

Through a public competition, the Pierro Foundation commissioned three one-act plays to explore the controversies that often surround the creation and installation of public art. The plays will be presented as a concert reading with professional actors and directors, followed by a moderated discussion. In these three debuts, the audience gains insight into creativity, surviving in the arts, funding vs. artistic decisions and what gets promoted, and the role of art in our lives. The program is a co-production of the Pierro Foundation and SOPAC.

The programs at the Pierro Gallery are made possible in part by funds from the new Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the Village of South Orange, New Jersey.


THE PIERRO GALLERY is located in the Baird Center, 5 Mead St., South Orange, NJ. For additional information please call the gallery directly at (973) 378.7754 Ext. 3. Gallery Hours are by appointment as well as Wednesday and Thursday, 2-7pm; Friday, 2pm-5pm and Saturdays 1-4pm.



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