Sam Moyer’s virtual conversation with Public Art Fund (PAF) Curator Daniel S. Palmer accompanied her new PAF commission Doors for Doris. This massive three-part sculpture marks the threshold between the open oasis of Central Park and the bustling built environment of Midtown Manhattan, with a title that pays homage to PAF founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981).
Moyer is known for her distinctive language of abstraction, drawing inspiration from architectural spaces and natural materials. This conversation will address her sculptural practice, as well as offer insight into the process of creating Doors for Doris. This new commission is her most ambitious artwork to date, uniting stones from all over the world with Bluestone, a material that is native to New York. It encourages reflection upon the origin, economy, and utility of its different stones and materials, serving as a metaphor for New York City's social and built environments.
Public Art Fund Talks, organized in collaboration with The Cooper Union, connect compelling contemporary artists to a broad public by establishing a dialogue about artistic practices and public art. The Talks series feature internationally renowned artists who offer insights into artmaking and its personal, social, and cultural contexts. The core values of creative expression and democratic access to culture and learning shared by both Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union are embodied in this ongoing collaboration. In the spirit of accessibility to the broadest and most diverse public, the Talks are offered free of charge.