23
Jul

VIDEO: Monumental Change - Addressing The Legacies Of Systemic Racism In Public Art

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The now headless statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The now headless statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Time & Date

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00 pm

Event Location

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How do we engage with our shared histories and culture through monuments, statues and public art? How does that relationship sustain or perpetuate systemic racism? What needs to be done to make change? We’ve seen in recent days how a growing desire from the public to address these legacies with actionable change, particularly around confederate monuments, is met with defiance from some leadership, and action from others.

WBUR senior arts engagement producer Arielle Gray hosts a conversation addressing the nuances of this issue, and what the future of public art could look like.

Panelists

Paul M. Farber - artistic director and co-founder of Monument Lab and senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

L’Merchie Frazier - director of education at the Museum of African American History in Boston and artist in the African-American Master Artist-in-Residence program at Northeastern University.

Joel Garcia (Huichol) - artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer; fellow at the Intercultural Leadership Institute and Monument Lab.

Mabel O. Wilson - professor of architecture, and African American and African Diasporic studies; director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University

Event in partnership with BU Arts Initiative and The ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team.