Campus Planning & Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B05 - Museums Without Walls: Public Art and the Public Space

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Museums are understood as publicly significant spaces. But rarely are they thought of as public spaces. How do we move beyond museums as white cubes and understand them as active players in a discussion about art, community, culture, and politics? This panel will consider museum grounds as unique places where culture, public space, community, and private interests intersect.

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Astrid Sykes

Senior Associate
Mia Lehrer + Associates

Astrid Sykes is a senior designer trained in both architecture and landscape architecture. She leads design efforts on a variety of projects and brings an international approach that integrates art, culture and technology in the landscape. Driven to make people’s lives more memorable and meaningful through design, her work expresses a commitment to creating spaces that encourage the unexpected and merge different communities, ecologies and uses.


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Felicia Filer

Director of Public Art
City of Los Angeles

Felicia Filer is the public art director for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She has overseen the commission and fulfillment of over 200 permanent public art projects throughout the city. In Summer 2016, Filer co-produced the city’s inaugural Public Art Biennial, CURRENT: LA Water, commissioning 15 original, temporary public art installations and 150 public programs. Previously Filer worked as a senior management consultant and loan fund manager for ARTS, Inc., a Los Angeles nonprofit arts management consulting organization. A native of Los Angeles, she earned an MBA in finance and marketing from Claremont Graduate University.


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Walter Hood

Founder, Creative Director
Hood Design Studio, Inc.

Walter Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on projects nationally and internationally. Hood Design Studio is tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. Resulting urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty and idiosyncrasies.
The Studio’s award winning work has been featured in publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, Places Journal, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.


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Paul Schimmel


Paul Schimmel is formerly Vice President and Partner of Hauser & Wirth and co-founder of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. He was previously Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from 1990 to 2012, and Chief Curator of the Orange County Museum of Art from 1981-1989. Exhibitions he has organized for Hauser & Wirth include 'Re-View: Onnasch Collection' and 'Philip Guston: Painter, 1957-1967'. Significant thematic exhibitions he has organized include 'Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition 1955–62' and 'Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962'; and major one-person monographic exhibitions include Chris Burden, and 'Robert Rauschenberg: Combines'


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SUN-B05 - Museums Without Walls: Public Art and the Public Space

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