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 contemporary wellbeing. A leader in participatory public art, her work lies at the intersection of contemplative practice and the built environment.


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. All in the Jackson community are invited to share and once the wall is filled to the brim, 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
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 Lectures
April 12, 2019
Central Michigan University 4th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium
Mount Pleasant, MI | more
April 16, 2019
TECH Conference
Jackson, MS
April 27, 2019
Rubin Museum of Art Panel Talk: The Powers of Hope and Anxiety
New York, NY | more
May 7, 2019
FPA Retreat
La Jolla, CA
May 13, 2019
School of Visual Arts Interaction Design Thesis Festival
New York, NY | more