Kaufmann challenges Comparative Arts to public art contest
Michael Kaufmann speaks with Comparative Arts students during Friday's presentations.
During the week of April 10, Comparative Arts students welcomed guest artist Michael Kaufmann, an Indianapolis-based art theorist and artist manager.
Kaufmann took the students to the Open Space Park in downtown Traverse City and challenged them to team up and create theoretical proposals for a public art project for the space. The students had only an hour and a theoretical budget of $250,000 to complete their proposal. At the end of the hour, the four resulting proposals were submitted to three professional artists--Brian McCutcheon, Paula Katz and Richard McCoy--for adjudication.
On Friday afternoon, the students presented their project proposals to each other. Ideas ranged from a historical sculpture with accompanying AR app, a community garden and a skating rink. The winning project was an abstract pavilion designed to cover the existing walkways in the park, leaving the “open space” available for its current uses.