Public Art Fund adds four new members to its board, including Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio

Public Art Fund has expanded its board of directors with four new additions: the artist Ai Weiwei, the jewellery designer Ellen Celli, the art collector Andrea Krantz, and the financier Ruthard Murphy. The non-profit organisation is responsible for bringing contemporary art to New Yorkers through free exhibitions and events.

“As we think about the future of art in public space, it is essential that our board leadership reflect all the aspects of our mission,” says Nicholas Baume, the groups director and chief curator in a statement, “and were thrilled that these four thoughtful, passionate, and engaged members of our community will work with us to further our vision to present boundary-breaking art experiences to all, for free.”

The announcement follows a year of ambitious programming that has cemented Public Art Fund as a critical source of culture for the city. This year alone, the group has presented eight exhibitions to the public free of charge. Those included a performance commission from the artist Pope.L called Conquest that involved a 1.5-mile crawl across downtown; the installation of Modernist monoliths by the Cuban abstractionist Carmen Herrera outside City Hall; and the reinstallation of a seminal billboard about the Aids epidemic by the queer artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres in the West Village.

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