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This book takes a bold look at public art and its populist appeal, offering a more inclusive guide to America's creative tastes and shared culture. It examines the history of American public art ? from FDR's New Deal to Christo's The Gates ? and challenges preconceived notions of public art, expanding its definition to include a broader scope of works and concepts.
Expands the definition of public art to include sites such as Boston's Big Dig, Las Vegas' Treasure Island, and Disney World
Offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional rhetoric and criticism surrounding public art
Includes insightful analysis of the museum and its role in relation to public art
Cher Krause Knight is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston. She has published her work in Visual Resources, the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, and American Art Review , as well as in the anthologies Reclaiming the Spiritual in Art: Contemporary Cross-Cultural Perspective s, and Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women and Feminism .