Public art is a form of democracy.
That’s what Brooke Kamin Rapaport ’84 has come to believe, both from her one-on-one work with faculty artists at Amherst and as a curator working with large-scale sculptures. As Director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator at Mad. Sq. Art, Rapaport oversees the selection, production and realization of vast outdoor installations by contemporary artists in New York City’s Madison Square Park.
“The whole process that was once behind the scenes is now completely open and available for the public,” she notes, “because it’s not a mystery how things are built, how artists realize work; it's an opportunity.”
While studying art at Amherst, Rapaport was first introduced to the complex nature of creating works of art through art history and gallery work.
“What Amherst taught us to do was look more closely at things in our environment, at works of art in our environment,” she said. “The gift Amherst gave is in that ability to analyze and then interpret back to the public.”
See the latest Madison Square Park Conservancy installation, “Big Bling,” by Martin Puryear, and hear more about Rapaport’s work as a curator.