#MonumentLab is a city-wide exhibition asking, 'What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?' (Produced with @MuralArts)http://monumentlab.muralarts.org/
BIG News Today: We're excited to announce that the #MonumentLab catalogue will be published by Temple University Press, edited by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum.... Our catalogue will be a full record of the prototype monuments and creative research, and it will be available in 2018 – so stay tuned!
PHILLY: It's the closing weekend of #MonumentLab... Don't miss your last chance to see any of the remaining artist-created prototype monuments or to submit your idea for an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia at one of our remaining labs: All the info you need to explore is at the link in our bio!
Your #MonumentLab Proposals: An overwhelming trend we're seeing with your monument proposals is how many of you want more monuments to unity, solidarity, equality, togetherness, and love! And Philly: This is your last weekend to offer your monument proposals at one of our seven remaining laboratories around the city. If you have an idea, now's the time to share... Click the link in our bio to see lab locations and times!
Your #MonumentLab Proposals: A 'Listening Lab' is proposed by Julie. The monument would be a sound booth with microphones to record your Philly experience! PHILLY: There's only a few days left to offer your monument proposals at one of our seven remaining laboratories around the city... Click the link in our bio and go to 'Calendar' to see lab times and locations!
Philadelphia: It's the closing week of #MonumentLab’s 2017 exhibition, and there's one more event you can't miss: Join us this Wednesday (11/15) at @pafacademy for a keynote conversation between Michael Eric Dyson (professor and author of Tears We Cannot Stop,) New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, and Salamishah Tillet (scholar, activist, social critic, and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.) They’ll discuss the overarching themes and questions raised by Monument Lab, as well as the future of memory in public space... Get your tickets now at the link in our bio!
Join us tomorrow for our final Saturday Spotlight event in Vernon Park, featuring #MonumentLab artists Jamel Shabazz, who will be holding portrait sessions for his project paying tribute to African American veterans, and Karyn Olivier, who installed 'The Battle Is Joined,' a mirrored remixing of the Battle of Germantown Memorial... More details at the link in our bio!
LAST CHANCE! This Sunday (11/12) is your last chance to see Kaitlin Pomerantz's prototype monument for #MonumentLab, 'On the Threshold (Salvaged Stoops, Philadelphia,)' in #WashingtonSquare: "This monument consists of a dozen stoops that have been salvaged from recently demolished buildings around the city of Philadelphia, and reconstructed using historical and traditional masonry techniques by Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Local 1 PA-DE. These fragments-become-whole-again invite viewers to consider the vast changes taking place in the landscape of Philadelphia—the city's architectural and social histories, and what is being lost as well as preserved in a time of rampant development. They remind us of how built space shapes social space, and ask us to be active citizens in matters pertaining to the landscape of Philadelphia as it passes into this new threshold of economic growth."
Yes, Tania Bruguera's prototype monument for #MonumentLab, titled 'Monument to New Immigrants,' outside of PAFA is disappearing, but that's all apart of it: "The sculpture will be clay, and it will be very detailed; however, it will be exposed to rain, wind, and sun in order to deteriorate and slowly disappear. This performative aspect of the sculpture explains the perpetual and endless condition of immigration: when a community is accepted, there is always a new one asking for hospitality. In the same way, when the first sculpture is completely deteriorated, a new one will be placed on the pedestal to start the process again. This is not only a place to celebrate the newly arrived immigrants, but also a call for solidarity between those who are already established and newly arrived immigrants."
Your #MonumentLab Proposals: Another trend we're seeing in proposals is that a number of you (particularly the younger folks!) would like to see more playgrounds and fun spaces as monuments... If you've yet to do so, be sure to submit your idea for an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia at any one of our seven remaining laboratories through November 19: See the list of laboratory times now at the link in our bio!
@jamelshabazz‘s prototype monument for #MonumentLab, titled 'Love Is the Message,' is a mural of portraits that pays tribute to African American veterans and their families against the backdrop of Germantown’s historic Vernon Park... Learn more about Jamel's work this Wednesday at our fourth and final Monumental Exchange event (at which fellow Monument Lab artist Mel Chin will also be speaking) at WHYY: Details at the link in our bio!
TOMORROW: Join #MonumentLab from 6-8pm for conversations around civic action and activism with some of the local and national rising stars in the social justice and activist worlds, including Tarek El-Messidi, @michelleangelaortiz, @shirawalinsky, and more... Learn more and get your tickets now at the link in the @monument_lab bio!
Your #MonumentLab Proposals: The need to address people experiencing homelessness and hunger is another trend we're seeing with your proposals. Many of these proposals in particular raise the question, can/should more of our monuments be utilitarian and offer solutions to societal needs?
"'I can’t believe I actually have to fight to not have babies in jail,' said Jasmine Rivera, a coalition leader. 'How is this actually up for debate?'" Yesterday afternoon, a temporary monument made from 1,600 paper flowers was installed at City Hall. The monument was one piece of @michelleangelaortiz's multi-pronged prototype monument for #MonumentLab, created with the Shut Down Berks Coalition, that's calling for @GovernorTomWolf to close the Berks Detention Center, a prison outside of Philadelphia for immigrant families... Read more about yesterday's action in Philly.com at the link in our bio!
Join #MonumentLab artists Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and Ricardo Rivera of @klipcollective tomorrow evening (Wednesday 10/25, from 6-8pm) at @uartsphilly for a conversation about the role of the artist in relation to monument-making, as well as thoughts on meaning, memory, representation, equity, and dialogue in public space... More info now at the link in our bio!