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 created while I was Public Artist in Residence of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS). During the residency period I transferred artwork created onsite to Pauline Toole, Commissioner of DORIS. As a result, the artwork became 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 many years, so alternatively the works are available by submitting a Freedom of Information request through New York City’s Open Records Portal.  To date six artworks from the series have been requested or released through this process. They can be viewed by searching “Julia Weist” here.

This project was made possible through support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Records and Information Services.