Oct 13, 2017

See What’s Missing Through the Lens of Monument Lab

by: Laura Kochman

Will we see you tomorrow? We’ve got a three-for-one Monument Lab day, with a Tyree Guyton mural dedication in Kensington from noon–3 p.m., a flower-making workshop at the Barnes with artist Michelle Angela Ortiz from 1–4 p.m., and our one-night-only Youth Monument to the Future in Malcolm X Park with King Britt and Joshua Mays. If only teleportation was a real thing! Here’s where you can find Monument Lab all week long:

The Built/Unbuilt Square by Alexander Rosenberg. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Monument Lab Meet-and-Greet at the Art Alliance 

An informal get-together with artists Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg, whose projects shed new light on Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s vital public spaces. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 15
2–4 p.m.

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 South 18th Street

Artist Kaitlin Pomerantz speaking about her Monument Lab project. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Monument Lab Live #2: Hidden Histories and Missing Monuments 

TED-style talks from Paper Monuments (NOLA), Vashti DuBois (Executive Director, The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia), Jarrett Drake (digital archivist, Cambridge, MA), Venissa Santí (Cuban–American vocalist, Philadelphia), and Monument Lab artists Kaitlin Pomerantz and Marisa Williamson. $5 / Free for PAFA Members.

Wednesday, October 18
6–8 p.m.

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

If They Should Ask by Sharon Hayes. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Saturday Spotlight: Rittenhouse Square 

Music, food, and short talks from artists Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg, whose projects look at what is missing. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 21
1–4 p.m.

Rittenhouse Square
18th and Walnut Streets

And a sneak peek if you’re planning ahead: we’ve got another one-night-only event coming up at Marconi Plaza on October 28!


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: Oct 13, 2017

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