PUBLIC SURFACES

Director(s): Gillian Waldo

Film description: In 1964, Baltimore became the second city in the country to pass a 1% for Art law, allocating one percent of the construction budget for any public building to commissioning a new piece of art. Most of the buildings were public schools, and by 2016, the city revealed that many of the pieces had gone missing. Through landscapes of Baltimore and depictions of the sculptures, the film explores the history of the program, the failures of modernism, the neglect of the school system, and asks who public art can really serve.

Country of origin: USA

Language: English

Year: 2023

Duration: 11:56

Premiere status: World Premiere