6:30 p.m.

Sculptor Tom Friedman makes the ordinary extraordinary. He often does this by playing with certain characteristics of a familiar object—its properties or representation—and turning its common and insignificant properties into something notable and arresting. Part philosopher, part craftsman with a sense of humor, Friedman also pays acute attention to how both everyday items and works of art are perceived. For viewers looking at Friedman's work one of the first questions that often springs to mind is, “How did he do that?” His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (2008); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St Louis (2006); South London Gallery, London (2004); and Fondazione Prada, Milan (2002). Now in its 14th year, the Public Art Fund Talks is an ongoing series of discussions and presentations by some of today’s most influential artists, critics, and curators. Presented by the Public Art Fund in association with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

Box Office Information:

Single event purchases can be made online at any time at the New School Box Office. Series and discounted tickets must still be made in person or over the phone at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor, Monday-Thursday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Friday 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The box office opens the first day of classes and closes after the last paid event of each semester. Reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing boxoffice@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5488.

For events scheduled during the summer term, the box office will open one hour before each event.

Contact Information:

For more information, call the Public Art Fund at 212.980.4575.