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Report to the City, Alliance of Artists Communities National Conference

  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel 1200 Market Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Paul M. Farber, Artistic Director, Monument Lab
Ken Lum, Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab
Laurie Allen, Research Director, Monument Lab
Michelle Angela Ortiz, Artist

Monument Lab: Report to the City

Monument Lab is a public art and history initiative based in Philadelphia that comprises a team of curators, artists, scholars and students. In 2017, Monument Lab teamed with Mural Arts Philadelphia to produce a citywide exhibition organized around a central question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This line of inquiry was aimed at building civic dialogue about place and history as forces for a deeper questioning of what it means to be Philadelphian in a time of renewal and continuing struggle. Hear from lead curators and artists on creating an engagement strategy that resulted in twenty "prototype" monuments in public spaces, registered over 200,000 in-person engagements, and collected close to 4,500 creative monument proposals from Philadelphians and visitors. Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz will also present her Monument Lab project, Seguimos Caminando (We Keep Walking).