Art, Social Space and Public Discourse


Art, Social Space and Public Discourse is a Stanford global initiative on art that investigates the multiple contexts that shift and define changing ideas of public space. This ongoing critical framework of conversations, newly commissioned art projects, and exploration of various cultural productions and intellectual traditions looks at recent transformations of civic life. This overall project, envisioned and directed by artist Ala Ebtekar, asks what may constitute the architecture, images, and people that shape multiple notions of a “public”.


Ala Ebtekar, Principal

Artist, Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University

Layla Hashemi, Program Manager

M.A. in Global Cultures in the Department of History and Oriental Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy


This initiative is supported by various Stanford departments and programs notably the Department of Art & Art HistoryInstitute for Diversity in the ArtsStanford Global Studies, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and EthnicityStanford Arts Office of the Associate Dean, Associate Dean of Humanities & Sciences, Bita Daryabari Endowment for Persian Letters, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.