New Direction for 2019 Art & Programming
“Founded in 2015, TEMPOart is a privately-funded organization that curates temporary, socially relevant public art in Portland, Maine. Beyond the creation of public art, our goal is to engage in conversations with the community through outreach and education. For over a year now, we have been working with the artist Matthew Mazzotta on his Shifting Tides project. While Matthew’s concepts are beautiful and fit our mission, the Board of Directors has recently voted to cancel the project. Even with generous and enthusiastic in-kind support from so many involved in our waterfront and building communities, the project’s costs have more than quadrupled. We cannot move forward and remain good stewards of your support.
With that decision behind us, we are already working toward a new project for the summer of 2019 that will support our mission and make the city proud. We will start engaging with artists in Maine and elsewhere for their ideas. We see an exciting path forward and can’t wait to show you what’s next. “
THE SHIFTING OF SHIFTING TIDES
Matthew Mazzotta’s SHIFTING TIDES is now planned for installation on Portland’s Back Cove basin in June of 2019 by TEMPOart.
TEMPO has had many supportive meetings with city officials over the past two months, including the Temporary Art Committee, Parks Department, Planning and Zoning, Harbormaster, Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers. All parties have been committed to ensuring the success of the project and, several weeks ago, it became clear that success would entail additional time for permitting and fabrication.
This is a one-of-a-kind project, so changes in the path to completion are normal and can only make it better. Plans for partnering with World to Table to host a series of community meals inside the SHIFTING TIDES “dining room” have already gained great support from other community organizations and local chefs. Between now and June 2019, we expect to find even more opportunities to take advantage of the SHIFTING TIDES’ unique platform for community connections.
Matthew Mazzotta’s lecture at Architalx, “The Architecture of Social Space,” was a great success. To hear his lecture and learn more about his engaging kinetic installations in communities throughout the world, you can watch the video which will be posted after the series ends at vimeo.com/architalx.
Your support and your involvement are essential to realizing SHIFTING TIDES and TEMPO’s projects.
A NOTE TO DONORS
We’re writing to let you know about new developments in connection with Matthew Mazzotta’s project, Shifting Tides.
We have been making good headway with state and city permits for our Back Cove installation this June. Unfortunately, we were informed last week that the project will require an additional level of engineering with a cumulative review period of 4-5 months. Given this, we have no choice but to delay Shifting Tides to the summer of 2019. We are disappointed, but when you try something new, unexpected things do happen. TEMPOart remains deeply committed to the project.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We will keep you posted about our plans for both 2018 and 2019.
Thank you for your understanding and your support of TEMPOart.
TEMPOart is thrilled to announce that acclaimed artist Matthew Mazzotta will develop a site- and community-responsive public artwork for the Back Cove in summer 2018. In order to develop his project, the artist will be in Portland on Wednesday, June 21 to hear from YOU!
Matthew Mazzotta’s work is at the intersection of art, activism, design and urban planning. Active civic participation is crucial to his process, and his resulting works engage sculpture, architecture and the built environment. The artist’s ultimate goal is to use public art as a means to “create distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges.”
For each of his projects, Mazzotta engages local community members in listening sessions he calls Outdoor Living Rooms, to share their visions for the specific communities in which they live. He then distills this feedback and develops a site-responsive project which addresses community members’ shared hopes and needs. These efforts have resulted in over a dozen community-specific public art and projects in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mazzotta has received numerous awards and grants including an ArtPlace America Grant, and has been awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for 2017-18.
On June 21, Mazzotta will guide an Outdoor Living Room (time and place to be confirmed) for greater Portland-area residents to share and listen with the artist and with each other. Event will be outdoors, free and open to all – stay tuned for more details!
TEMPOart Portland is pleased to announce Christina Lanzl as curator for its 2018 series of public art installations in the Back Cove, a one-mile tidal estuary basin on the northern side of the downtown district. TEMPOart received a strong group of applications from across New England for its 2018 season, which may feature sculptural installations, time-based/durational media and other temporary works that respond to and activate the site. Lanzl was selected because the combination of her experience, vision, network, and record of success set her apart.
Christina Lanzl is a nationally recognized public art curator with two decades of experience. She holds a PhD in art history with a concentration in public art from the University of Munich, and has overseen and curated over 100 public art and cultural planning initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Projects include Art on Hand for the Fort Point Arts Community in Boston, the South Main Mosaic Art Walk in Memphis, TN and curatorial consulting for the sculpture garden of the Knoxville Museum of Art. International endeavors include Kulturpark in Berlin, Germany, a visioning think tank and concurrent series of temporary interventions at an abandoned theme park, and public art for parks and the public realm of the new Shams district on Alreem Island of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
In addition to her work as a curator, public art adviser and cultural planner, Lanzl teaches placemaking and urbanism as well as history/theory in the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is the co-founder of the Urban Culture Institute, the founding co-chair of the Placemaking Network of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, and a board member of CultureNOW in New York.
Lanzl says that her “deep connection to waterfront cities and the experience of Portland’s rich cultural context, architecture, history, neighborhoods and public spaces available for site-specific installations,” motivated her to apply. TEMPOart Portland looks forward to collaborating with Lanzl in the coming months on the selection of artist/s and the development of the Back Cove project.