“Syncopation” is the first essay in a three-part series by Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson in which she seeks to engage with work from theorists on contested memory and diasporic black geographies. In this piece, Malson examines silence as an action in the production of history.
Next year, 2019, will mark an ignominious anniversary in China. Thirty years will have passed since the violent crackdown of student protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Co-Curator Ken Lum examines the most important aesthetic edifice relating to the events of Tiananmen Square: the Monument to the People’s Heroes, often overlooked by non-Chinese viewers despite its centrality to the events of 1989.
Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Evander Price unpacks the arguments invented by Confederate monument apologists to justify some degree of compromise other than outright removal. He explores how these justifications celebrate a pernicious fictional alternate history.
In our national conversation on the power that Confederate monuments hold in public memory, there is one dynamic discussion that has fallen off the radar. How are we facing the void of black monuments? Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson explores Black geographies and the question of Monuments.
San Francisco’s Sister City relationship with Osaka was terminated over a statue dedicated to “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II. Patricia Eunji Kim writes on San Francisco’s "Column of Strength," dedicated by the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, as a site of transnational #MeToo.
Welcoming our 2018-2019 Monument Lab Graduate Student Researchers. Hilary Malson is a student of geography and urban planning in the Urban Planning PhD program at UCLA. Evander Price is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation research proposes a new category of monumentality, the “future monument.”
“The significance of monuments is larger than their present physical narratives in our daily lives. It’s about who controls the narrative,” writes guest contributor Glenn Cantave, founder of Movers & Shakers NYC.
The story of Edward VII’s statue is also a story of the divides within the British Empire itself. While the statue may seem to represent a benign part of a picture-perfect scene in Toronto’s most important historical park, it is vital to look in the shadows of this statue and think about all that lies beneath. Edward VII’s equestrian statue tramples the ground on which it stands in the center of Queen’s Park.
We are in the midst of a reckoning over our inherited monuments. Join us for the next phase of Monument Lab as we build a nationwide platform for researching, understanding, and talking about the past, present, and future of monuments.
What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Last year, over 250,000 Philadelphians and visitors engaged this question in a citywide exhibition. The lab teams collected over 4,500 proposals from public participants and passersby. The proposals offer a stunning, unprecedented glimpse into the historical imagination of Philadelphians. The Report to the City offers a reading and reflection on the immense creativity and critical energies by public participants.
A national fellows program and media platform to support dialogue and action about the changing monumental landscape of the United States.
Encouraging public input on new forms of historical monuments through a digital tool that allows users to identify locations, topics and create designs for potential public art and monuments in our cities.