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TUESDAY, MAR 13 2018, 06:00 PM

A Conversation with Austrian artist Erwin Redl and author Lawrence Weschler. Moderated by Madison Square Park Conservancy Senior Curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport.

Erwin Redl’s Whiteout is a magnificent public art project commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and is on view in the park through March 25, 2018. The work is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are opportunistic, gently swaying with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. Redl has created a computer-generated undulating wave pattern across the work, slowly forming from north to south and south to north. The artist will be in conversation with acclaimed author Lawrence Weschler to discuss the opportunities and challenges inherent in realizing a project like Whiteout.


Erwin Redl was born in Gföhl, Austria in 1963. He studied composition and electronic music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (BA, 1990) and gained a Diploma in Electronic Music (1991). He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for computer art studies at the School of Visual Arts (MFA, 1995). His work was on view as part of the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in 2010 he installed a monumental project across the front of the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He was tapped as one of four artists nationally to create work for the 2015 Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.

Lawrence Weschler (born 1952, Van Nuys, California), a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974), was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998). Weschler has taught at Princeton, Columbia, University of California at Santa Cruz, Bard, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and New York University, where he is now distinguished writer in residence at the Carter Journalism Institute.

Mad. Sq. Art is the free, contemporary art program of Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since 2004, Mad. Sq. Art has commissioned and presented thirty-five premier installations in Madison Square Park by distinguished artists ranging in practice and media, including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Kota Ezawa, Teresita Fernández, Orly Genger, Paula Hayes, Iván Navarro, Josiah McElheny, Giuseppe Penone, Martin Puryear, Alison Saar, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. The Conservancy is committed to engaging the community through its beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming. Madison Square Park Conservancy is licensed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Madison Square Park.