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Michele Bogart Weighs in on Public Art Controversy

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Stony Brook’s Michele Bogart is quoted in a Jan. 28 Wall Street Journal article on controversies surrounding public art.

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The article describes a dust-up in Petaluma, California, over a public sculpture consisting of five bathtubs perched on stilts.

Controversies of this kind are common in cities and towns that have little or no experience with public art, Bogart told the Journal.

“Social media raises the bar on the level of toxicity,” she said.

Bogart, a professor of Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert in public art, urban design and commercial culture. She serves on the board of directors of the New York Preservation Archive Project and a member of the Public Design Commission’s Conservation Advisory Group.

Dr. Bogart’s latest book, Sculpture in Gotham: Art and Urban Renewal in New York City, chronicles the explosive growth of contemporary art in the public realm starting in the 1960s

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