common ground graphic

Title: common ground

Presented at the Meadows Museum, Dallas,
November 7 - December 15
, 2019.

Private Public Squares and common ground are created amid concerns about the hard and soft infrastructures that support and control our physical and virtual public squares, as well as the ways in which we're increasingly atomized into individual and tribal "bubbles" defined by distractions or wedge issues, with far-reaching effects for both our personal psyches and society at large. The work seeks to focus attention on the possibility of areas of agreement with "the other side" and create space for conversation about how we might come together both to further our common interests and to restore or re-create our public commons.

Admission to the Meadows is free on Thursdays 5 - 9pm, and parking under the museum is validated. Exhibitions of works by El Greco and Goya will be running concurrently with common ground; for museum hours and other info, call the Meadows at 214-768-2516 or visit


  Art Talk
    Thur., Nov. 7, 6PM, with prelude beginning at 6:30. Carolyn Sortor will discuss the exhibition within the context of her work.


  Private Public Squares
    (2019), series, polyester fleece with PVC rod, grommets, embroidery, etc., 44" x 44", by Carolyn Sortor with embroidery realized by Olivia G.

When you’re in public but you’d like to participate in your favorite virtual public squares without anyone looking over your shoulder, pop this soft, fleece envelope over yourself for instant privacy between you and your device. When done, roll and carry the Square like a yoga mat. Each Square in the series bears one or more unique phrases.
Image of Private Public Square
  common ground

(2019), relational action/experiment with people, furniture, etc.

Visitors are invited to try to describe points of concern on which they think they probably agree with people with whom they think they otherwise mostly disagree. Their descriptions will then be compiled and used to create something else.

The experiment may evolve during the course of the exhibition.

The artist will be present during the following hours:

spaceThursdaysspace5 - 8:30pm
spaceFridays + Saturdaysspace 11am - 5pm

If you visit when the artist is not there, you will still be able to view the exhibition and share your input for the common ground experiment. Appointments at other times are also available; please email with "common ground" in the Subject.



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