Nov 9, 2017

Last Chance to Experience Our Biggest. Project. Ever.

by: Laura Kochman

The end of Monument Lab is in sight—this is your last week to experience the citywide public art and history exhibition. *sniff* Those public art projects sure do grow up fast, but we know the impact of Monument Lab is here to stay. How do we tell the stories of this complicated place? It’s an open-ended question with many answers, and that’s the way it should be. Join us at Vernon Park this Saturday to celebrate Monument Lab projects by Jamel Shabazz and Karyn Olivier, alongside the Aces Museum’s annual Veterans Day Celebration, and submit a monument proposal (or three!) at one of our seven lab sites.

And here’s where you can find Monument Lab this week, for the last time (cue open weeping):

Monument Lab Keynote: The Futures of Memory 

A conversation on the future of memory in public space, with professor and author Michael Eric Dyson and New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, moderated by scholar/activist/social critic Salamishah Tillet. $5 / Free for PAFA Members.

Wednesday, November 15
6–8 p.m.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street

Logan Squared: Ode to Philly by Emeka Ogboh atop the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared 

Last chance to experience this immersive sound installation at the Free Library, a monument to the sounds and collective memory of Philadelphia. Free.

Sunday, November 19
2­–4:30 p.m.

Parkway Central Library
Skyline Terrace (4th Floor)
1901 Vine Street

And that’s all, folks. Keep tagging us on social at #monumentlab and let us know what this project means to you.


Lead Monument Lab partners include the City of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy; Historic Philadelphia; Independence National Historic Park; Penn Institute for Urban Research; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Price Lab for Digital Humanities; and the University of Pennsylvania.

Major support for Monument Lab projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

An expanded artist roster and projects at five neighborhood sites have been made possible by a significant grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Lead corporate sponsor is Bank of America.

Additional support has been provided by Susanna Lachs & Dean Adler, William & Debbie Becker, CLAWS Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Davis Charitable Foundation, Hummingbird Foundation, J2 Design, National Endowment for the Arts, Nick & Dee Adams Charitable Fund, Parkway Corporation, PECO, Relief Communications LLC, Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, Stacey Spector & Ira Brind, Tiffany Tavarez, Tuttleman Family Foundation, Joe & Renee Zuritsky, and 432 Kickstarter backers. Support for Monument Lab‘s final publication provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Media partner: WHYY

Last updated: Nov 9, 2017

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