Two arts talks worth attending this week.
— “Wide Open Public: Sarah Schultz,” Cities are increasingly involved in questions of how to creatively reimagine public sphere. Sarah Schultz, formerly curator of public practice and director of education at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, will discuss the Walker’s Open Field, a series of four summer-long experiments in reimagining the museum as a public creative commons. Along with projects by artists such as Futurefarmers, Red76, and Machine Project, Open Field hosted the first Internet Cat Video Festival, turning an online activity into a real-world event for 10,000 people on the Walker’s lawn.
7 p.m. Thursday, Jones Center, Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave. Free.
— LaToya Ruby Frazier. Just outside Pittsburgh, the city of Braddock was once home to one of America’s first steel mills.
LaToya Ruby Frazier grew up in Braddock. And in her pristine photographs, Frazier has documented the parallel decline of her family’s health and the unraveling social fabric as Braddock is de-industrialized. Healthcare, a clean environment, education, opportunity is erased as Braddock is disappeared.
Frazier’s exhibit “Riveted” opens with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the UT Visual Arts Center and continues through Dec. 6. Frasier talks about her work 7 p.m. Friday at the Harry Ransom Center.