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#MyArtMyCity: Art21’s Instagram Takeovers

For the past month, we’ve invited a series of artists and arts organizations to take over our Instagram account, and share the art they love in their city with #MyArtMyCity. A chance to reach beyond our sixteen Season 8 artists, the takeovers included artists and organizations in the four cities from Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 8, alongside art in Portland, Philadelphia, and Manila.


Mexico City


Jeff Hamada


Association for Public Art

We’re excited to have Philadelphia’s @assocpublicart take over our feed for #MyArtMyCity! First takeover 📷: Established in 1872, the Association for Public Art (aPA) is the U.S.’s first private nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban design. During this take over, the aPA will highlight some of the many sculptures that we’ve commissioned and acquired in Philadelphia throughout our 140+ year history. Artist #MarkdiSuvero describes his monumental I-beam sculptures as “paintings in three dimensions with the crane as my paintbrush.” His “Iroquois” (1983–1999) sculpture (pictured left and acquired by aPA in 2007) towers 40 feet high on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Installed nearby (pictured right) by the aPA in 2014, #RoxyPaine’s “Symbiosis” (2011) is hand-fabricated from thousands of pieces of stainless steel pipe, plate, and rods. (📷: @caitemartin) #MyArtMyCity #lovepublicart

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#MyArtMyCity takeover 📷 from @abrahamritchie1, Chicago: I’m the Social Media Manager for @mcachicago so I’ve been spending A LOT of time with our current exhibit #KerryJamesMarshall: #Mastry and one work I keep coming back to and have fallen in love with is “Past Times,” 1997. Parks are a part of almost every city, but they’re an especially important part of #Chicago, from @millennium_park (which I featured in a past post), to @lollapalooza -hosting Grant Park @chicagoparks, to Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law #Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed @centralparknyc. This painting of a park is a perfect combination of #MyArtMyCity as Marshall sets the painting in one of Chicago’s important parks, likely Jackson or Lincoln Park. It’s also a clear homage to one of Chicago’s most important paintings too, “A Sunday on La Grand Jatte — 1884” by Georges Seurat (1884/86) which hangs at @artinstitutechi; this work hangs in a venue also highly trafficked and public, @mccormickplace. Marshall has been very clear that he intends to engage with the masters of painting and art history on the highest level and this painting does just that, creating an almost pastoral scene of city life—the figures look out on us as if we’ve interrupted them in the middle of their fun. But there’s almost much more than that going on. Whereas an all-white cast populates Seurat’s picture, an all-black cast enjoys leisure in Marshall’s. What’s remarkable here is the unremarkableness of the arrangement, as Marshall describes it: “The challenge is on some level to establish the black mundane as a glamorous category.” This painting proves he’s clearly succeeded.

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Curtis Knapp
Portland, Oregon


Liz Larner’s studio
Los Angeles

Thanks to #LizLarner’s studio for taking over our feed this past week to share work from Los Angeles. Final #MyArtMyCity takeover 📷 from studio member @picturepoint: This past May, I participated in “A Hole or Something Like the Sun,” a group show organized by LA-based artist and friend, @chris_hanke at @1world.pea’s Scranch Ranch Hideout – a new creative art space located in Wonder Valley. For #MyArtMyCity, I wanted to mention this particular exhibition because all of the artists who participated currently live and work in Los Angeles. For the show, I constructed a primitive wood-fire kiln out of clay deposits collected from the Joshua Tree region. Pictured here is a detail image of the kiln’s fire chamber. Atop the kiln base, sit several figurines or kiln gods audience members built from the same clay body used for the kiln. Kiln gods are traditionally made out of raw or fired clay and placed over the entrance of the kiln to bless each firing, much like a rabbit tail. 🔥🔥 Stay tuned for the second show at Scranch Ranch Hideout to participate in the raku firing of these kiln gods. 🔥🔥 #continuum #scranchranch #scranchhideout #aholeorsomethinglikethesun

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MCAD Manila
Manila, Philippines


See all the takeover posts on our Instagram, and share the art you love in your city with #MyArtMyCity.