Anita Glesta is a visual artist whose works are in public spaces as well as in museums and galleries internationally. She is a recipient of many awards and grants from NYSCA, NYFA, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Australia Council, among others.
Glesta's most recent commissions for public art works are for an integrated artwork for the U.S. Census Bureau through the General Services Administration, and a commission by the United Nations for the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit T
The project; Gernka/Guernica which was shown as a public art sound work at Chase Manhattan Plaza through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and as a multi channel video installation at White Box in 2007 will be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Krakow and the Sackler Museum in Beijing in 2012 .
As New Yorkers, we seldom consider our physical vulnerability on the group of islands that we inhabit, a vulnerability that is increasing as a result of climate change. Nevertheless, weather everywhere, even in Manhattan, has grown more extreme and erratic over the past decade, something many attribute to global warming. In light of the recent evacuation of Lower Manhattan this past summer with the Hurricane that never happened, the work has particular resonance, serving as a wake-up call for urbanites who don’t think that climate change can affect them.
Making art in the public is no longer just placing an object in a public plaza, a monumental sculpture in a park or a memorial sculpture. Public art can be integrated into the landscape or digitally into the fabric of a building. Or, art in the public can be seventy artists doing performances on Main Street over a short span of time.