Learn more about our collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute and their Outdoor Sculpture Project: Here

Learn more about the upcoming exhibition, FAR−SITED: Sculpture Symposia 1965/2015: Here

Learn more about the CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection: Here

William Pope.L, Artist

Shamim M. Momin, Los Angeles Nomadic Division


The 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium, held on the CSULB campus, was the first international sculpture symposium to be held in the United States, first on a college campus, and first to partner artists with industry to create innovative sculptures using new materials and technologies.

For the 50th anniversary of the sculpture symposium, the University Art Museum presents FAR-SITED, a project which includes an historical exhibition, a conservation initiative, and a conference on public art.

October 16 − 18, 2015 | Long Beach, CA

The University Art Museum CSULB, Getty Conservation Institute, and Museum of Latin American Art present FAR-SITED: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places, a three-day conference examining new trends in public art, the use of new materials and technology, and the role of conservation for art in the public realm. Nationally renowned arts professionals will engage in curated panels and presentations for an audience of artists, conservators, arts administrators, scholars, and students.

Using the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium as the catalyst for the conference, it seeks to explore the possibilities and the challenges of creating and presenting public art for the 21st Century. The conference will be held on the campus of California State University, Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art.

Online Registration for the Far − Sited conference is now closed. On-site registration will be available. For questions, contact Shefali Mistry at 562.985.4299 or email far-sited@csulb.edu.

General registration − $250 (affiliate discounts available − call for details)
Saturday only − $125
Student rate (full weekend) - $125
Keynote address and welcome reception - $30

We are pleased to be able to offer students a discount of HALF OFF registration! We believe that students are our best audience and want to make the conference accessible for them. Students MUST bring proof of student status (ID and schedule) to the conference and present at check-in.

If you have any questions or are having trouble with registration, please contact us at far-sited@csulb.edu or 562.985.4299

If you have already registered for the conference, please download our Visitor Guide.

Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Eric Fredericksen, Waterfront Program Art Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Manon Slome, Chief Curator, No Longer Empty

Jackie von Treskow, Program Director, FOR-SITE Foundation

Barbara Goldstein, Barbara Goldstein & Associates, Creative Placemaking and Public Art Planning

Dan Goods, Visual Strategist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Shona Kitchen, Artist, Department Head of the Graduate Program Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design

Joel Slayton, Executive Director, ZERO1

Rachel Rivenc, Associate Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute

Grimanesa Amorós, Artist

Christine Frohnert, Partner, Bek & Frohnert LLC

Rosa Lowinger, Principal and Chief Conservator, RLA Conservation of Art & Architecture

Robert Murray , Artist

Cara Starke, Director, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Paul Ramirez Jonas, Artist

Suzanne Lacy, Artist, Founding Chair of Graduate Public Practice, Otis College of Art & Design

Jon Rubin, Artist



12:00pm − 4:00pm Check-In/Open Registration – University Art Museum, CSULB

1:00pm − 4:00pm Optional walking tours of CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection

6:00pm − 9:00pm Keynote Address and Welcome Reception Address is in University Student Union, CSULB. Reception takes place at UAM.

The keynote address will be given by artist William Pope.L, followed by a Q&A. (Please be advised that the keynote address contains graphic sexual content.) Welcome reception to follow.

Brian Trimble, Interim Director of the University Art Museum, and Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Associate Director of the Getty Conservation Institute, will welcome guests with brief remarks about the FAR-SITED initiative.

William Pope.L is a visual and performance artist and educator whose work investigates the binaries and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture. Pope.L has been making multi−disciplinary works since the 1970s, which examine societal conceptions surrounding ontology, gender, race and social value. He has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2015); Art Institute of Chicago (2013); the Carpenter Center at Harvard University (2009); the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2007) and the Kunsthalle Wien (2006). The MIT Press published a monograph to accompany The Friendliest Black Artist in America, his 2002−2004 traveling survey exhibition. His work has been exhibited and performed at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011−12); The Whitney Museum in New York (2014, 2013, 2002); Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (1998); The New Museum, New York (2010, 2007) and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2008).


8:00am − 9:00am Saturday only check−in and Continental Breakfast

9:00am − 10:30am Panel: Site, Space, and Place

Moderated by Shamim Momin, Los Angeles Nomadic Division

Panelists include:

Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
Eric Fredericksen, Waterfront Program Art Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Manon Slome, Chief Curator, No Longer Empty
Jackie von Treskow, Program Director, FOR-SITE Foundation

Shamim M. Momin is the Director, Curator, and co−founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non−profit public art organization committed to curating site− and situation−specific contemporary art projects in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND was founded in 2009 and has since presented over 80 discreet exhibitions and programs with over 350 contemporary artists. Previous to founding LAND, Momin was Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co−curated both the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, as well as numerous solo exhibitions. As Branch Director of the former Whitney Museum at Altria, she was responsible for organizing exhibitions and commissioning more than 50 new projects by emerging artists for both solo and thematic presentations.

Jessica Cusick has been cultural affairs manager for the City of Santa Monica since early 2005 where she has overseen significant expansion in the City's support for artists and the creative sector, including the establishment of an artist fellowship program. As part of her work in Santa Monica Ms. Cusick developed Glow, a unique all night art event that drew over 200,000 visitors in its first year. She is also president of Cusick Consulting, which specializes in cultural policy, and community development through the arts. She has taught in graduate programs at a number of universities, including Claremont Graduate University, Otis College of Art and Design, the University of Houston, and the University of Southern California. Cusick has a degree in art history from the Sorbonne in Paris and a master's degree from New York University. In 2014, Ms. Cusick was awarded I'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters), one of France's most illustrious titles, for her distinguished career in the arts.

Eric Fredericksen is a curator and writer living in Seattle. He is the Art Program Manager for Waterfront Seattle, the project to rebuild downtown Seattle's waterfront. He is also a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design and organizes an annual artist lecture series at the Henry Art Gallery. He was the founding director of Western Bridge, a collection exhibition space in Seattle, and an editor and writer at Architecture magazine and The Stranger. He has curated exhibitions at the Or Gallery, Artspeak, and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Manon Slome is president and chief curator of No Longer Empty, an organization which engages new audiences for contemporary art through site specific and community responsive exhibitions in non traditional spaces.

Manon Slome was Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum from 2003 -2008 and curator at the Guggenheim Museum, (1995-2003). Slome has curated exhibitions internationally and has published and lectured widely on contemporary art. She is currently working on a book, “Running on Empty” which covers the first five years of No Longer Empty.

Jackie von Treskow is the Program Director for the FOR-SITE Foundation, a San Francisco based non-profit organization that is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and understanding of art about place. In addition to managing FOR-SITE’s commissions and exhibitions, including its most recent project @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, von Treskow oversees the organization’s celebrated educational residency program, which provides graduate-level art students learning opportunities that extend beyond the traditional academic curriculum. She has contributed to publications that include Engagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA, 2008-2012, and has curated projects such as Nathan Lynch’s Dead Reckoning for Bay Area Now 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Von Treskow received an M.A. in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California

10:30am − 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am − 12:30pm Panel: New Technologies and Materials in Public Art

Moderated by Barbara Goldstein, Barbara Goldstein & Associates, Creative Placemaking and Public Art Planning

Panelists include:

Dan Goods, Visual Strategist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Shona Kitchen, Artist and Department Head of Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design
Joel Slayton, Executive Director, ZERO1

Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant focusing on creative placemaking and public art planning. She is the former Public Art Director for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and editor of Public Art by the Book, a primer published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. Ms. Goldstein has directed the public art programs in Seattle and Los Angeles, worked as a cultural planner, architectural and art critic, editor and publisher. She has lectured and participated in workshops on public art in the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada the Netherlands and Abu Dhabi. She is past chair of the Chair of the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts.

Since 2011, Ms. Goldstein has been consulting in Pittsburgh, PA, Pasadena, CA, Charlotte, NC, Las Vegas, NV and Morgan Hill, CA. In 2013, she led a series of webinars entitled Creative Placemaking and Public Art for Americans for the Arts. She is currently a Fellow as Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute where she is extending her knowledge of nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

Ms. Goldstein has served on the Board of Directors for ArtSpace and Friends of the Schindler House. She is currently a Board member of MACLA, Movimiento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana, and ZERO1: the Art and Technology Network, where she serves as Chair.

Dan Goods, I am passionate about creating moments in people’s lives where they are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.
During the day I am the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There I shepherd an amazing team developing creative ways of communicating, and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. Our work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.
After doing the dishes, reading bedtime stories to my kids, and spending time with my wife, I work on other creative problem solving projects around the world. I am currently developing “The Museum of Awe” with my buddies Ivan Amato and David Delgado
In 2002 I graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design. In 2012 I was select as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly. I currently live in South Pasadena with my wife and three kids.

Shona Kitchen is an artist, designer, and researcher who taps into and explores the social, psychological, environmental consequences of our technological landscape. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, she has divided her time between creative practice, research, teaching. She is the Department Head of the Graduate Program Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked within academic institutions such as Stanford University, The Royal College of Art, San Jose State University as well as professional clients such as Sony, Comme des Garçons, Samsung, IBM, and The City of San Jose Public Art Program.

Joel Slayton, ZERO1’s Executive Director, is an internationally renown artist, author, and researcher with over 35 years of expertise involving art and technology. ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization that connects creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future. Considered a pioneer in the art and technology field Slayton’s art work engages a wide range of media and technology focused on illuminating the possibilities of installation, performance, public art, urbanism, organizational systems and networks, His work has been represented in over 100 international exhibitions. Joel Slayton is a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum. Professor Slayton is the Founding Director of the San Jose State University CADRE Laboratory for New Media, an interdisciplinary academic program dedicated to experimental applications involving information technology and art. He served as Academic Chair for the 2006 International Symposium of Electronic Art and was Editor-In- Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book Series from 1999-2005. Joel Slayton served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1998-2008. Joel currently serves on the advisory board for ArsCitizen-Paris/San Francisco and the Sounding Board for Intercities, a program of the Global Cities Cultural Network and Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal and the National Film

12:30pm − 2:00pm Lunch

12:30pm − 2:00pm Optional walking tour of CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection

2:00pm − 3:30pm Panel: The Cassandra Complex−Conservation Issues in Public Art

Public art—whether it is art in a public space, art funded with public money, or more generally art that fulfills a public function−is by definition available for all kinds of uses and abuses. It is accessible to interaction with the public and can be touched, leaned, sat, or climbed on, even used for skateboarding or covered with graffiti. It is often outdoors, exposed to uncontrolled, harsh environment. It is subject to fickle politics, volatile funding, and changing priorities – often resulting in neglect and abandon. To further complicate matters, in recent decades the nature of public art has expanded dramatically: where it used to be mostly discreet objects, public art nowadays makes use of new and complex technologies, it can be interactive, ephemeral, light based, performance based. In these conditions, can public art last and how can it be cared for? This panel, composed of two prominent artists and two experienced conservators, will explore the conservation issues encountered in public art and potential solutions.

Moderated by Rachel Rivenc, Associate Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute

Panelists include:

Grimanesa Amorós, Artist, Multidisciplinary Artist, Grimanesa Amorós Studios
Christine Frohnert, Partner, Bek & Frohnert LLC
Rosa Lowinger, Principal and Chief Conservator, RLA Conservation of Art & Architecture

Robert Murray, Artist and participant in California International Sculpture Symposium

Rachel Rivenc is an associate scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, where she has worked since 2006. She was trained in France as a painting conservator and holds a Masters in paintings conservation from the University of Paris I Panthéon−Sorbonne. In 2014 she completed a PhD with the University of Versailles Saint−Quentin−en−Yvelines. A book based on her dissertation, entitled "Made in LA: Materials, Processes and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism”, will be published by the Getty in the fall of 2015. At the GCI, as part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative, Rachel studies the diverse materials and techniques used by contemporary artists, and the conservation issues they pose. She is currently leading two projects, Outdoor Sculpture, researching the challenging conservation problems associated
with this type of object, and Art in LA, a project studying the materials and processes used by
Los Angeles−based artists from the 1950s onward. In 2012, Rachel coordinated the symposium Public Art: Legal status, maintenance and conservation in Paris, and moderated the public panel Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art at the Getty Center. Rachel is also currently the coordinator of the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group of ICOM−CC.

Grimanesa Amorós was born in Lima, Peru and lives and works in New York City. She is a multidisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory, which have greatly influenced her work. Amorós researches the locations, histories and communities of the installation sites. Her process remains organic and instinctive. This intuitive relationship to technology is a distinctive feature of Amorós’ practice. Her works incorporates elements from sculpture, video, lighting, and technology to create site-specific installations to engage architecture and create community. Grimanesa Amorós has often drawn upon important Peruvian cultural legacies for inspiration for her large-scale lightbased installations, which she has presented around the globe from Mexico, Tel Aviv and Beijing to New York’s Times Square. She continues to be inspired from Peru’s history for her art but she does not hold an essentialist or nostalgic view of her subject. She often gives talks at museums and universities where her lectures not only attract future artists but students and faculty engaged with science and technology. It feels somewhere in the art of Grimanesa Amorós, the past is meeting the future. Amorós has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Christine Frohnert completed her training as painting/sculpture conservator in 1993, joined the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, and was Chief Conservator from 2000 – 2005. She holds a graduate degree in the Conservation of Modern Materials and Media, University of Arts, Berne, Switzerland (2003). From 2002-2005, she was the deputy head of the modern art section of the German Conservators’ Association, VDR. She worked with Cranmer Art Group in NYC from 2005 until 2012. In 2008, she was elected to Chair the Electronic Media Group, AIC and initiated the conference series TechFocus. In 2012, she was named the inaugural Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies at NYU, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center teaching the a seminar course: Art with a Plug -The Conservation of Artworks containing Motion, Sound, Light, Moving Images and Interactivity. Since 2012 Christine is partner of Bek & Frohnert LLC, Conservation of Contemporary Art, in NYC.

Rosa Lowinger is a 1982 graduate of the Conservation Center at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and the 2008-09 Rome Prize Fellow in Conservation. In private practice in Southern California since 1988, Rosa founded Los Angeles’ Sculpture Conservation Studio and now is president and chief conservator of RLA Conservation, a Los Angeles and Miami based firm that serves the conservation needs for several dozen public art agencies and private contemporary art collections. Rosa has published extensively on the care of modern materials and outdoor sculpture. She is the author of the 2005 work of popular nonfiction Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub and occasionally leads cultural trips to her native Cuba that focus on historic architecture and contemporary art.

Robert Murray, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he has lived in the United States since 1960. He attended the Regina College School of Art, beginning as a painter and then turning primarily to sculpture. Upon moving to New York City, he was influenced by Barnett Newman and David Smith. Robert Murray was a participant in the 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium, paired with Bethlehem Steel, to create his monumental modernist sculpture, “Duet (Homage to David Smith).” Murray’s works often call natural themes to mind through shape, color, and of course name; other works are named after people, places, or things in Canada and Alaska. The sculptures are primarily made of painted metal in twisting, geometric forms, and he has worked with metal fabricators in steel, bronze, and iron to build his works. He lives and works in Ontario, Canada, and Pennsylvania.

3:45pm − 5:15pm Optional walking tour of CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection

7:00pm − 10:00pm FAR−SITED Cocktail Reception and Talk Queens Salon, Hotel Queen Mary


8:30am − 9:30am Continental Breakfast

9:30am − 11:00am Panel: Alternative Practices in Public Art

Moderated by Cara Starke, Director, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Panelists include:

Paul Ramirez Jonas, Artist
Suzanne Lacy, Artist, Founding Chair of Graduate Public Practice, Otis College of Art & Design
Jon Rubin, Artist

Cara Starke is the Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. From 2011 to 2015, she was Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time, New York's visionary public art presenter. She realized some of Creative Time's most ambitious projects to date, including eight artists' commissions for Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park; Kara Walker's A Subtlety; Suzanne Lacy's New York premiere Between the Door and the Street; Nick Cave's HEARD NY in Grand Central Terminal; Tom Sach's Space Program Mars at the Park Avenue Armory; and Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures, which was launched into outer space. Previously she was Assistant Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, where she co−organized several exhibitions, including Projects 97: Mark Boulos, Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception, Projects 93: Dinh Q. Lê, William Kentridge: Five Themes, Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters), Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers, and Douglas Gordon: Timeline. She received her her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. from Williams College.

Over the past 25 years Paul Ramirez Jonas has sought to challenge the definitions of art and the public and to engineer active audience participation and exchange. He has been made public in galleries, institutions and urban spaces around the world. He is currently an Associate Professor at Hunter College, where he has been since 2007; and is represented by Koeing and Clinton in New York City and Galeria Nara Roesler in Sao Paulo.

The work of Suzanne Lacy includes installations, video, and large-scale performances that touch on social themes. Recent work includes Between the Door and the Street, for Creative Time NYC; Drawing Lessons, with Andrea Bowers for The Drawing Center, NYC; Cleaning Conditions: An Homage to Allan Kaprow for the Manchester Art Gallery; and The Tattooed Skeleton, at the Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia. Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, published in 1995 and Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007 by Duke University Press. Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between is a monograph by Sharon Irish. Lacy has shown her work in exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; and Museo Pecci in Milano, Italy. She is the founding chair of the Graduate Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and received a PhD from Grays College of Art, Robert Gordon University in 2013.

Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers, and co-directing another that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He has exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Shanghai Biennial; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, New York; The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; The ParkingGallery, Tehran, Iran; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. Jon is a recent recipient of the Creative Capital Award and finalist for the International Award for Participatory Art. Jon is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of the Contextual Practice area

11:00am − 12:00pm All panels moderator Q&A

12:00pm − 12:15pm
 Closing address

*Agenda may be subject to changes

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