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Kiyan Williams, Unsettling the Histories of Public Sculpture

Kiyan Williams's Ruins of Empire forces viewers to rethink conventional forms and materials of monumentality by exposing the erasures and myths propelled by American monuments that symbolize "freedom." 

Rainbows, Angels, and America: Dissecting the Pulse Interim Memorial

The Pulse Interim Memorial displays over 700 images as a comprehensive picture of local, national, and international solidarity in the wake of the Pulse shooting tragedy. Decoding them can tell us the ways our country remembers shooting tragedies and what stories live on.

Nicaraguan Ghost Monuments: Posthumous Memories of “La Concha Acústica”

In Nicaragua, ghost monuments summon traces of collective memories that have been repressed by totalitarian governments.

Oscar M. Caballero experiments with digital methods to preserve civic monuments under Daniel Ortega's regime, which has quickened the pace of censoring media and destroying memories in the public sphere. 

The Battle of the Bicentennial: The American Revolution as Monument

As the Semi-quincentennial of the American Revolution quickly approaches, what might Philadelphians learn from the 40,000-person parade that snaked through the streets of working-class North Philly on July 4th, 1976—a “people’s Bicentennial”—about the stakes of liberation?

One Site, Layered Histories

How do aging communities keep memories as their neighborhoods rapidly change?

As Berlin continues to face redevelopment, artist R Stein Wexler and neighborhood resident Kathrin Gerlof discuss their participation in a community-engaged remembrance process that aimed to illuminate invisible Nazi histories and the stakes of memory-keeping as communities begin to age. 

For the People

Kelly Kristin Jones's Plinths for the People (2021) illuminates the full democratic possibilities of public space and public plinths in Chicago.