Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals

by - January 11, 2019

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Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals
Reception Friday, January 18, 5-7pm
Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College

Clough-Hanson Gallery is excited to announce its first show of the spring season: "Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals" featuring artists Kara Crombie, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Jamel Shabazz, and Marisa Williamson. The exhibition is curated by Monument Lab’s Artistic Director Paul Farber.

Monument Lab is a national public art and history project based in Philadelphia. As a curatorial team led by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, activists, and students to critically engage the monuments we have inherited and unearth the next generation of monuments.

Over the last five years, Monument Lab has organized several major public art interventions in their hometown that asked: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? The prompt fueled a citywide exhibition in 2017 presented presented with Mural Arts Philadelphia featuring the installation of twenty prototype monuments in public squares and neighborhood parks, along with learning labs staffed by youth research teams. Out of this exhibition, they engaged over 250,000 Philadelphians and visitors in person throughout the city, and produced the Report to the City, a reflection on nearly 4,500 public monument proposals gathered at the labs. The Report shared insights into how public participants imagine new monuments for a historic city. The key priorities that emerged from this engaged artistic research study: rethinking common knowledge, craving representation, seeking connection with others, and reflecting on process and power.

"Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals" includes prototype monuments from Monument Lab collaborators Kara Crombie, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Jamel Shabazz, and Marisa Williamson, in which they centered projects around themes of social justice and solidarity; artifacts of the Monument Lab public engagement process including samples of the public dataset of proposals and copies of the culminating Report to the City; and a research room that places the exhibition in local and global context.

Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals will run from January 19 through March 16, 2019.

Farber will give a free lecture on Monument Lab and the exhibition on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm in Fraser Jelke Auditorium C on the Rhodes College campus.

Clough-Hanson Gallery is located in Clough Hall on the campus of Rhodes College. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11-5. Admission is always free. For more information contact Joel Parsons, parsonsj@rhodes.edu.

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