Hosted by award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright, Public Art Works is the inaugural six-episode podcast season from Public Art Fund featuring conversations between artists and cultural leaders. Through the lens of public art in New York City, they explore topical subjects like activism, representation, feminism, and even street food.

Hear artist Hank Willis Thomas and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker grapple with the past, present, and future of permanent monuments; listen to restaurateur Danny Meyer, artist Erwin Wurm, and Public Art Fund President Susan K. Freedman discuss the intersection of food and public art (and the little-known story of how Shake Shack was born!); and check out artist & activist Ai Weiwei, Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, and Commissioner for the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Bitta Mostofi, as they explore the ways in which artists wield their work as an activist tool.

Tune in to Public Art Works to hear other conversations with artists Sue de Beer, Kate Gilmore, Xaviera Simmons, and Lawrence Weiner; activists Paola Mendoza and Arianna Gil; NYC food aficionado Joe DiStefano; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College Director Tom Eccles; former Project Specialist at Con Edison, Lisa Frigand; and everyday New Yorkers.

Episodes are free and available for download on iTunes, Spotify, and Alexa.

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