Artist and principal designer, Michael Singer Studio
“Regenerative Design in the Public Realm”
When: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 8:00PM
Where: Carlson Auditorium (Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science Building 76)
Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s Michael Singer’s work opened new possibilities for outdoor and indoor sculpture and contributed to the definition of site specific art and the development of public places. From the 1990’s to the present his work has been instrumental in transforming public art, architecture, landscape, and planning projects into successful models for urban and ecological renewal. Singer’s site-specific works provide elements that foster new growth and life, retain and cleanse water, create areas to witness natural systems and learn from beautiful landscapes, and are respectful of site, culture and history. The New York Times chose Singer’s design of a massive waste recycling and transfer station in Phoenix, Arizona as one of the top eight design events of its year. In 2007 Singer co-authored “Infrastructure and Community: How Can We Live With What Sustains Us” published by Environmental Defense. Michael Singer was awarded a Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) commission to design and install a new entry garden sculpture that opened in 2008 for the American Embassy in Athens, Greece.
Singer has been involved in a variety of landscape and outdoor environment, planning, and infrastructure projects in the United States and Europe, among them the one acre sculptural garden commemorating “Those Who Survived” as part of a new public park in Stuttgart, Germany; and the vertical “Welcoming Garden” in the new Samuel Priest Rose Building in Manhattan.
Michael Singer’s numerous awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His works are part of public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He had several one-person shows, most notably at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. He has taught graduate level architecture at MIT, the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts (NYC), the Innovation Studies at the Rhode island School of Design, and has held the Koopman Visiting Chair of Art at Hartford College of Art; the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida Atlantic University where he also service as Special Consultant to the Dean of Arts and Humanities.