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Brown University, Lecture – Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Public Art and History

  • John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage 357 Benefit Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)

Mel Chin, Two Me, Monument Lab 2017 (Steve Weinik/Mural Arts Philadelphia)

Mel Chin, Two Me, Monument Lab 2017 (Steve Weinik/Mural Arts Philadelphia)

Speaker: Paul M. Farber, Monument Lab Artistic Director

What is an appropriate monument for a current American city? To reflect on this line of inquiry, Monument Lab – a team of scholars, artists, students, and researchers – staged a two-month citywide exhibition in Philadelphia this fall. Situated in the midst of a massive public reckoning with monuments sweeping the U.S., the exhibition included prototype monuments by twenty artists including Mel Chin, Tania Bruguera, and Hank Willis Thomas, whose works dealt with issues of social justice and solidarity; in addition, Monument Lab's research team opened ten adjacent learning labs in public squares and neighborhood parks throughout the city, operated by teams of high school and college students who gathered thousands of speculative public proposals from participants. The end result includes a Report to the City, an open data set, and continued collaborative installations and projects.  

Paul M. Farber, Monument Lab Artistic Director and Co-Founder, will discuss the outcomes of this stage of the project – and reflect on next steps for this project's artistic, environmental, and civic aims.

Lunch at 11:50am.