Public Art Fund Talks: Sam Moyer


Sam Moyer’s virtual conversation with Public Art Fund Curator Daniel S. Palmer on October 14 accompanies her new Public Art Fund commission Doors for Doris. This massive three-part sculpture marks the threshold between the open oasis of Central Park and the bustling built environment of Midtown Manhattan, with a title that pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981). 

Moyer is known for her distinctive language of abstraction, drawing inspiration from architectural spaces and natural materials. This conversation will address her sculptural practice, as well as offer insight into the process of creating Doors for Doris. This new commission is her most ambitious artwork to date, uniting stones from all over the world with Bluestone, a material that is native to New York. It encourages reflection upon the origin, economy, and utility of its different stones and materials, serving as a metaphor for New York City’s social and built environments.

Public Art Fund Talks are presented in partnership with The Cooper Union

About the Artist

Sam Moyer (b. 1983, Chicago IL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her works are included in prominent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris, France); and The Aïshti Foundation (Jal El Dib, Lebanon). Moyer was featured in the 2010 Public Art Fund exhibition Total Recall at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, and her work has been presented at The Drawing Center (New York, NY), The Bass Museum (Miami, FL), University of Albany Art Museum (Albany, NY), Flag Projects and The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), LAND (Los Angeles, CA), and Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden). She also participated in Greater New York and Between Spaces at MoMA PS1. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and her MFA from Yale. She is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, and rodolphe janssen, brussels.


About the Talks

Public Art Fund Talks, organized in collaboration with The Cooper Union, connect compelling contemporary artists to a broad public by establishing a dialogue about artistic practices and public art. The Talks series feature internationally renowned artists who offer insights into artmaking and its personal, social, and cultural contexts. The core values of creative expression and democratic access to culture and learning shared by both Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union are embodied in this ongoing collaboration. In the spirit of accessibility to the broadest and most diverse public, the Talks are offered free of charge.

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