Contemporary Visual Art


Local artists create mural during a workshop with Gabriel Reese (Specter) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2011


B’Us, a public art project in Kyrgyzstan by Kendal Henry and Ji Lee in 2007


Public participants in Clarina Bezzola's public art workshop, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, May 2009

Global Art Lab contemporary visual arts projects are designed in collaboration with local partners to respond to the needs and interests of arts communities in Russia and Central Asia, draw on decades of in-house experience organizing arts exchanges in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and seek to impact both artists and their communities in sustainable ways. Many prominent artists from different disciplines have participated in this program of exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and residencies: Shirin Neshat, Irving Sandler, Eve Sussman, Chrissie Iles, Mark Jenkins, Evan Roth, Kendal Henry, Eleanor Heartney, Robert Storr, Michael Rakowitz, and Mark Coetzee, among others.

Recent Focus
A recent focus of the Global Art Lab’s visual arts projects is public and socially engaged art. Through workshops with local artists, meetings with city officials, and public presentations, US artists engage the public, challenge preconceptions about contemporary art, encourage interest in public art and demonstrate its potential role in urban environments.

The projects have been conducted in nine Russian and five Central Asian cities. Each year we introduce public art practices to audiences in new cities, and strengthen relationships with organizations committed to developing public art in their own communities.

Current & Upcoming Projects

Spring 2013 New York based Third Rail Project dancers/choreographers Zach Morris and Tom Pearson conduct a workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan resulting in a collaborative site-specific performance with local artists.

Spring 2013 Global Art Lab Public art specialist Kendal Henry conducts a workshop for young artists in Almaty, Kazakhstan in preparation for their participation for the Third Arbat Festival of public art in September 2013. Street artist Gabriel Reese conducts a workshop for young artists at the Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Fall 2013, Global Art Lab will create the second international public art festival Art Prospect in St. Petersburg, Russia, following the success of the first festival in September, 2012.

Dedicated to bringing contemporary art to the city’s streets, Global Art Lab both curates and coordinates the 4-day festival, bringing artists from the US, Russia and other parts of Europe to create and display visual and performative pieces in the Liteiny District of the city.