Press

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2021

The New York Times | May 2021
They are Their Own Monuments

The Cut | May 2021
Reimagining what monuments can be” 

Monocle | April 2021
Can a building be bad?

Penn Today | April 2021
Monument Lab app expands space and time at Art Museum steps” 

Fox 29 | April 2021
Overtime app allows users to dig deeper into living history of Philadelphia

Fast Company | April 2021
Explore your city’s invisible history with this free AR app”

Philly Voice | April 2021
New augmented reality app offers tours of Philly's art museum area”

T Magazine | April 2021
The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week

Vox | March 2021
Why America Needs a Pandemic Memorial

Vox | March 2021
We Were Here

Curbed | March 2021
How Will We Remember This?

NPR | February 2021
Memorializing The Deaths Of More Than 500,000 Americans Lost To COVID-19

Chicago Tribune | February 2021
Chicago statues of Columbus, Presidents Washington and Lincoln among commission’s list of 41 controversial monuments throughout city

The Architect's Newspaper | February 2021
LACMA and MASS Design Group among new Monuments Project grantees

Landscape Architecture Magazine | January 2021
A Monumental Task

Next City | January 2021
St. Louisans Mapped Monuments of Their City, and Uncovered Surprising Connections

artnet | January 2021
‘We’re Looking for Pathways to Justice, Repair, and Care’: Why This Arts Nonprofit Is Studying Every Single Monument in the US

The Guardian | January 2021
I wanted to honor this moment': what to expect from US artists in 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer | January 2021
Philly project expands nationally to ask: Who deserves a monument?

Artfix Daily | January 2021
A National Monument Audit Is Part of Mellon Foundation's Quarter-Billion Dollar Initiative to Reimagine and Rebuild Commemorative Spaces and Transform the Way History is Told in the United States

Washingtonian | January 2021
She’s Spending $250 Million to Rethink Memorials. How Should We Decide Which Ones to Dismantle?

Philadelphia Weekly | January 2021
Icepack

Artillery | January 2021
A Reckoning: Monument Lab, Joel Garcia, Ken Lum, and Paul Farber

 

2020

NPR | December 2020
Hardly Any 1918 Flu Memorials Exist. Will We Remember COVID-19 Differently?

Metropolis | November 2020
Monumental Changes

Seattle Times | October 2020
With ‘Story Porch,’ Seattle’s Wa Na Wari honors ancestors, community and West African spiritual traditions

CityLab | October 2020
There Must Be a Better Way to Make a Monument

T Magazine | October 2020
The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II

The New York Times | October 2020
Mellon Foundation to Spend $250 Million to Reimagine Monuments

The Washington Post | October 2020
With $250 million initiative, Mellon Foundation wades into monuments controversy, hoping for positive change

Nonprofit Quarterly | October 2020
What Stories Should We Tell? Mellon Invests $250M to Reimagine Memorials

Smithsonian Magazine | October 2020
Mellon Foundation Pledges $250 Million to Reinvent America’s Monuments

Fast Company | October 2020
The secret money trail exposing America’s racist monuments
 
Architectural Digest | October 2020
The Mellon Foundation Announces a $250 Million Plan to Rethink American Monuments
 
Artnet | October 2020
The Mellon Foundation Will Invest a Staggering $250 Million Over Five Years to Overhaul America’s Public Monuments

The Art Newspaper | October 2020
Mellon Foundation announces $250m grant to 'reimagine and rebuild' US monuments and memorials

Archinect | 2020
Mellon Foundation announces $250M "Monuments Project" to reimagine the way history is told in the U.S.

The Architect’s Newspaper | October 2020
Mellon Foundation pledges $250 million to help reshape American monuments

The Hill | October 2020
Mellon Foundation announces $250M grant to reimagine US monuments

Forbes | October 2020
Mellon Foundation Commits $250 Million To ‘Reimagine’ U.S. Monuments Amid National Debate

ARTnews | October 2020
Mellon Foundation Earmarks $250 M. for U.S.-Wide ‘Monuments Project’”
 
The Philadelphia Tribune | October 2020
Mellon Foundation to spend $250 Million to reimagine monuments

The Daily Pennsylvanian | October 2020
Monument Lab, founded by Penn profs., wins $4 million grant for art and justice projects

University of Pennsylvania Almanac | October 2020
Monument Lab: $4 Million Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In Park Magazine | October 2020
Mellon Foundation announces $250 million grant effort to redefine way public monuments tell country’s history
 
The Maroon | October 2020
Foundation launches project to replace monuments
 
The Philadelphia Inquirer | October 2020
What will memorials to the pandemic look like? A Philly artist started with 100,000 folds
 
Word & Way | October 2020
With Junipero Serra Banished, Indigenous Activists & Artists Ask What Goes in His Place
 
LAist | October 2020
Awesome Events Happening Online And IRL This Week: Oct. 12 - 15

KALW | October 2020
Binah: Democracy Sounds Good: A Conversation On Artists, Arts, And Activism

Artblog | October 2020
Ken Lum and Karyn Olivier talk Art and Social Responsibility

KQED | October 2020
Artist-Led Task Force Wants SF to Rethink Approach to Public Monuments

The New York Times | September 2020
Monuments That Celebrate Communal Struggles, Not Flawed Men

KC Studio | September 2020
Goethe Pop Up Kansas City Presents “THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE” Billboard and Exhibition

CBC | September 2020
Many cities have dozens of statues, but almost none that honour women, people of colour or the less powerful

The Guardian | September 2020
Plan Your Vote: how artists are using their work to spread a vital message

Curbed | September 2020
How Do We Create an RBG Memorial That Isn’t Terrible?

The New Yorker | September 2020
"The New Monuments America Needs"

National Geographic | August 2020
"As statues get torn down, which monuments should we visit?"

Chicago Tribune | August 2020
Lightfoot announces review of Chicago monuments as part of ‘a racial healing and historical reckoning project’”

Washington City Paper | August 2020
City Lights: Take a Self-Guided Field Trip or Watch Archived Punk Shows

The Philadelphia Inquirer | August 2020
As we await Columbus statue’s fate, Philly should plan to review all monuments

Los Angeles Times | July 2020
"Goodbye, guy on a horse. A new wave of monument design is changing how we honor history"

Reuters | July 2020
"As the men of stone fall, who should rise up and take their place?"

Los Angeles Times | July 2020
6 ideas for new monuments — in honor of migration, a massacre and a tree

Hyperallergic | July 2020
What Constitutes an ‘Appropriate Monument’? Philadelphians Have a Few Ideas

Archinect | July 2020
Philadelphia's Monument Lab revises text of Trump's sculpture garden executive order

CityLab | July 2020
Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes Pushes Another Modernism Ban

The Intercept | July 2020
All Statues Are Local: The Great Toppling of 2020 and the Rebirth of Civic Imagination

Chicago Tribune | July 2020
As Lightfoot readies a review of Chicago’s monuments, including three removed Columbus statues, Philadelphia offers edgy alternatives

Dwell | July 2020
What Do Monuments Mean to Us?”

Indianapolis Monthly | July 2020
Why Indianapolis Must Re-Think Its Public Art. Now.”

WFPL | June 2020
A Reckoning For ‘Relics of the Past’ And Monuments to ‘Imperfect Heroes’”

LAist | June 2020
Activists Tore Down A Statue Of Junipero Serra In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

Salon | June 2020
As Confederate monuments come down, what should replace them?

Al Jazeera | June 2020
Toppling racist statues makes space for radical change

Penn Today | June 2020
Reflections on public spaces in the age of COVID, protest

The Philadelphia Inquirer | June 2020
We finally removed a racist statue in Philly. What comes next for our public art?

ARTnews | June 2020
Controversial Philadelphia Monument to Former Mayor is Removed Amid George Floyd Protests

New York Times | June 2020
"Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now"

Artforum | June 2020
"Interview: Paul Farber and Ken Lum on reimagining symbols and systems of justice"

Curbed | June 2020
"Racist Statues Are Falling. What Comes Next?"

The Philadelphia Inquirer | May 2020
The Rizzo statue will be moved soon, Philly mayor says. It’s another step in a saga of pain and controversy.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer | March 2020
The coronavirus meteor has hit Philly’s arts community

 

2019

KBIA | June 2019
What's Monumental? Arts Group Rethinks St. Louis Monuments

Penn Today | April 2019
"Research, context, and community merge at Penn and Slavery Symposium"

The Philadelphia Tribune | March 2019
"Confederate truce flag uncovers another part of history"

Philadelphia Inquirer | March 2019
"Philly art project asks: What if this other flag had been the Confederate symbol that endured?"

Hoodline | March 2019
"4 performing and visual arts events to check out in Philadelphia this week"

Trust Magazine | January 2019
Progress in 2018: A Year of Working Together

 

2018

WHYY | December 2018
Black Power Afro pick sculpture takes root at Philadelphia museum

Philadelphia Inquirer | July 2018
To honor Philly's past, we don't need an old-school museum

Art21 Magazine | January 2018
On ‘Monument Lab’

Fast Company Co. Design | January 2018
The Fraught Future Of Monuments

Broad Street Review | January 2018
Monumental Future

 

2017

Public Art Review | November 2017
Monumental Changes: New thinking about historical monuments is embracing inclusivity—and ambiguity.

National Capital Planning Commission | November 2017
NCPC Explores Temporary Commemoration in Philadelphia

PennIUR | November 2017
"Monument Lab: Memorializing Philadelphia as a Place of Crisis and Boundless Hope"

Hyperallergic | October 2017
Philadelphia’s Monument Lab Asks, “What’s Right for Public Space?

CityLab | October 2017
What I Learned in the Monument Wars

WHYY | October 2017
"Paper flowers bring messages of freedom from Berks Detention Center"

Generocity | October 2017
"Through Monument Lab, a tribute to the Philadelphia poet"

Metro | October 2017
Art project cloaks Germantown monument on anniversary of historic battle

PBS NewsHour | October 2017
Philadelphia Public Art Project Ponders the Meaning Behind Monuments"

Broad Street Review | October 2017
‘Passage :: Migration’ explores arrival and belonging in a city of immigrants

Next City | September 2017
"The Best Conversation About Public Monuments Is Happening in Philly"

WHYY | September 2017
"Monuments in Philadelphia"

Philadelphia Inquirer | September 2017
"Philly's big new art project asks: Who deserves a monument, anyway?"

Philadelphia Inquirer | September 2017
"Monument Lab installations debut throughout the city"

Hidden City Philadelphia | September 2017
"Monument Lab: A City-Wide Art Museum That Asks Us To “Leave Fingerprints”"

EBONY | September 2017
"Sculpture Of Ginormous Afro-Pick Installed Feet Away From Statue Of Racist Ex-Mayor In Philadelphia

Smithsonian SMARTNEWS | September 2017
"Pop-up Monuments Ask What 21st-Century Public Memorials Should Be"

Nonprofit Quarterly | September 2017
A Monumental Task: Challenging Assumptions About Who and What We Honor in Public Spheres

Okayplayer | September 2017
Empowering Black Power Afro Pick Sculpture is Unveiled in Philadelphia

Blavity | September 2017
Big Hair Don’t Care: Afro Pick Sculpture Steals the Spotlight from Controversial Philly Statue

The Root | September 2017
"Watch: Afro Pick Pops Up Near Philly’s Frank Rizzo Statue"

U.S. News & World Report & The Washington Post | September 2017
Afro Pick Sculpture Goes Up Near Former Philly Mayor Statue

Philadelphia Inquirer | September 2017
"Fall's 13 must-see art exhibits - both indoors and outside"

William Penn Foundation | September 2017
"What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?"

Philadelphia Inquirer | August 2017
"An explosion of arts in Philly with four major festivals: Fringe, Monument Lab, O17 and Parkway 100"

Huffington Post | August 2017
"Instead Of Focusing On Yesterday’s Monuments, Artists Are Building Tomorrow’s"

newsworks | August 2017
"Project underway to get Philadelphians to see public monuments in new way"

Curbed Philadelphia | August 2017
"Timely Monument Lab exhibit asks: What is an appropriate monument for Philly?"

Artforum | August 2017
"Tyree Guyton: THE TIMES"

Time Out | August 2017
"Five Monument Lab projects to seek out in Philadelphia parks"

CityLab | August 2017
"Building New Monuments of Truth in New Orleans"

Hidden City Philadelphia | August 2017
"Monument Lab Artist Stands Up For The City’s Lost Stoops"

ABC Philadelphia | August 2017
"Monument Lab in Center City opens for ideas"

NBC Philadelphia | August 2017
"As Philly Debates Rizzo Statue, Program Highlights New Monuments"

Medium: Barnes Foundation | August 2017
"Creative reuse in partnership with Mural Arts and Monument Lab."

Philadelphia Inquirer | July 2017
"Mural Arts 'remixes' monuments with Monument LAB"

Billy Penn | July 2017
"You can mix Philly beats on this giant boombox in Franklin Square"

 

2015

Artblog | November 2015
"Monument Lab at Philadelphia Center for Architecture"

Philly Voice | June 2015
"Monument Lab rethinks public art & space"

Next City | June 2015
"400-Plus Philadelphians Have Ideas for the City’s Next Monument"

Metro | June 2015
"Finding a new memorial for modern-day Philadelphia"

WHYY/Newsworks | May 2015
"Monument Lab: an ideas festival in Philly City Hall's courtyard"

Philadelphia Inquirer | May 2015
"Monument Lab at City Hall is 'a speculative exercise'"

MARCH | May 2015
"Monument Lab at City Hall in Philadelphia"

Generocity | May 2015
"'It Takes All Sectors To Make Civic Impact Happen'"

ArtBlog | May 2015
"Remembering Monument Lab on Memorial Day"

The Philly History Blog | May 2015
"Thinking about the 21st-Century Monument"

Classicizing Philadelphia | May 2015
"The Monumental and the Classical"

Haverford College Decentered Blog | May 2015
"Memory, Monuments, and Urban Space"

WHYY/Newsworks | May 2015
"With city in flux, public art project seeks ideas for new Philly monument"

City Paper | February 2015
"What to expect from this spring's Monument Lab at City Hall"