Through the activation of public spaces around the world, artist Candy Chang creates work that examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the role of rituals in public life. A leader in participatory public art, her work lies at the intersection of contemplative practice and the built environment.

Public Art

Candy Chang and James A. Reeves’s new large public art installation, Light the Barricades, is now on view across Los Angeles. 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 by the Annenberg Space for Photography.

September 6 - December 29, 2019

Candy Chang’s work is featured in the New Orleans exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation. On view April 6—October 6, 2019 at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new Seignouret-Brulatour Building, the exhibit celebrates the city’s cultural, historical, and social currents through its diverse and thriving contemporary art scene, during a year-long celebration of New Orleans’s tricentennial. More here.

April 6—October 6, 2019
Public Art

If you live in Jackson, Mississippi, please share your reflections on what will become the first permanent Before I Die wall! Candy Chang worked with the Greater Jackson Arts Council and Visit Jackson to create a Before I Die installation in the Arts Center of Mississippi on Apr 17, 2019. 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 will be restaged as part of the larger Wonderspaces event that opens June 7, 2019 in San Diego, CA and cities beyond. More here.

June 2019

Candy Chang’s Before I Die installation is featured in the current exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Initially at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 30, 2018—January 21, 2019, the exhibition will be at the Cincinnati Art Museum April 26—September 2, 2019, and then at the Oakland Museum of California October 12, 2019—March 22, 2020. Visitors will be able to participate on Before I Die installations at each of these exhibits. More here on the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit. More here on the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit. More here on the Oakland Museum of California exhibit.

March 30, 2018 - March 22, 2020
Upcoming Lectures
September 17, 2019
Rubin Museum: Power After Dark
New York, NY | more
October 3, 2019
Talk at Psych Congress
San Diego, CA | more
October 5, 2019
Exhibit opening at Annenberg Space for Photography: Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine
Los Angeles, CA | more
October 21, 2019
Talk at Corenet Global Conference
La Jolla, CA | more
November 7, 2019
Talk at American Planning Association Texas Conference
Waco, TX | more