Definitions, 2020
28 3/4 x 39”
archival pigment print



Public Record is a public artwork in New York City comprised of artist-created government records. The work is subject to laws and protocols that define public access to official municipal materials. The project was commissioned by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Records and Information Services, who named me Public Artist in Residence in 2019.

While in residence I developed an artistic and bureaucratic process designed to ensure that the artworks I made onsite would be classified as government records. I created images using only equipment owned by the city—cameras, lights, computers—and was assisted by city agency employees during their regular work day. As a result, the artworks were subject to the NYC Agency Head General Subject Files Retention and Disposition Series which requires they be kept, processed and made public according to regulations.

Artwork from the Public Record series can be viewed once the prints have passed through the city’s archiving process, into the publicly-accessible collection of the Municipal Archive. This process may take a many years, so alternatively digital versions of the works are available through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). In Spring 2020 all of the artworks were released through FOIL as a result of requests submitted by members of the public. New York City government must now support digital exhibition of the images permanently. To view the artworks, search “Julia Weist” on the NYC Open Records Portal.



International, 2020
30 x 40"
archival pigment print
Edition of 3 + 1 AP


Rubrics, 2020
30 x 39 5/8”
archival pigment print
Edition of 3 + 1 AP


Demonstration, 2020 
30 x 39 5/8” 
archival pigment print
Edition of 3 + 1 AP


Should(n’t), 2020 
30 x 40” 
archival pigment print 
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Freedom of Information Law requests, 2020
published via New York City's Open Records Portal