This June kicks off Artlantic: Wonder’s program of installations and events.
Atlantic City will become something of a large-scale experiential art gallery when Artlantic: Wonder kicks off with a grand opening celebration on June 20, rolling out the first three installments of a $10 million multiphase public art project. Funded by the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Wonder’s exhibits make use of formerly empty lots around the city and will feature works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Robert Barry, John Roloff, Kiki Smith, and husband-and-wife artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, a collaborative work-in-progress to continue into 2016.
The first location, which launched in November 2012, highlights Smith’s sculpture of a woman holding a fawn, surrounded by a constantly changing red landscape, and a playful pirate ship created by the Kabakovs. “Having the ability to curate five exhibitions in as many years is thrilling and daunting,” says Lance Fung, the founder and curator of the art organization Fung Collaboratives. Fung, a former gallery owner, is responsible for international works like “The Beijing Project,” a public art exhibition created to coincide with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. “It’s curating on steroids.”
But according to Fung, the driving impetus for it all is to “get art to the masses.” The ultimate goal is to take large, underused parcels of land and not only create fully functional public spaces, but also engage locals, visitors, and art enthusiasts to experience art in a nonexclusionary manner. The installations are free and open to the public year-round.