Artist Candy Chang creates work that envisions the future of ritual in public life. With a master’s degree in urban planning, she has become a leader in participatory public art and the role of public space in an anxious, alienating world. She is a TED Senior Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and her work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MoMA, and Venice Architecture Biennale. She is an international speaker on community and emotional health, and her TED talk has been viewed over five million times. Learn more here.

Public Art

Candy Chang and James A. Reeves are currently working on a book on their public installation Light the Barricadeswhich was on view in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography in 2019. The series of interactive installations reimagines the wall as a site for contemplating our inner obstructions and is part of the exhibition WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine.

September 6 - December 29, 2019
Public Art

Candy Chang welcomes all in Jackson, Mississippi to share their reflections on what will become the first permanent Before I Die installation. In April 2019, she worked with the Greater Jackson Arts Council and Visit Jackson to create a Before I Die installation in the Arts Center of Mississippi. Former mayor Harvey Johnson, current mayor Chokwe Lumumba, and students of Obama Elementary School were among the first to share their reflections on the wall. Once the wall is filled, it will be sealed and become a permanent portrait of the community at this moment in time.

Public Art

Candy Chang’s participatory public installation Confessions is currently on view in the Wonderspaces show Elsewhere in Scottsdale, Arizona.

October 12, 2019 - March 2020

Candy Chang’s Before I Die installation is part of the exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Initially at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 30, 2018—January 21, 2019, the exhibition traveled to the Cincinnati Art Museum April 26—September 2, 2019, and will now be at the Oakland Museum of California October 12, 2019—March 22, 2020.

March 30, 2018 - March 22, 2020
Public Art

Candy Chang’s latest participatory public installation A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful collected over 55,000 anxieties and hopes from visitors at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York, NY throughout the course of 2018. Now, she and her collaborator James A. Reeves are working with psychologists, information designers, and researchers to examine the themes, what they say about us and our culture today, and strategies to weather the struggles of modern life. More here.

Upcoming Events
November 7, 2019
Talk at American Planning Association Texas Conference
Waco, TX | more
December 14, 2019
Exploring Mindful Living Through Public Art: An Evening with Sophia Bush, Candy Chang, and James A. Reeves
Los Angeles, CA | more
January 16, 2020
Open Studio at Archipelago Art Residency
Korpo, Finland
April 15, 2020
Talk at Butler Arts Center, Butler University
Indianapolis, IN | more