Since the 1990s, Michael Singer’s design work has been instrumental in transforming public art, architecture, landscape, and planning projects into successful models for urban and ecological renewal. Focusing on sustainability and energy efficiency, he has been engaged in the rethinking of infrastructure facilities and systems internationally, and co-authored Infrastructure and Community (2007, Environmental Defense Fund).
Before beginning his residency, Singer discussed various possible ways to use his time with then-Curator of Contemporary Art Jill Medvedow. Singer wanted to help develop a master plan for the Museum’s outdoor spaces, looking at how they related to the internal Courtyard and to the public parkland in the Fenway neighborhood. He also became interested in working with Gardner staff on new interpretative approaches that would help visitors better understand the Gardner’s urban context. In addition, Singer delivered an Eye of the Beholder lecture and participated in meetings for a new educational program in horticulture for public school students.
Michael Singer has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His works can be found at the Australian National Gallery; the Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.