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Beyond the Bust: Defining Our Public Monuments
May 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
What are monuments? What should they memorialize, and why? Who gets to select and place memorials? How should our communities interact with monuments?
Beyond the Bust: Defining Our Public Monuments, a panel discussion between public artists, administrators, and scholars, will explore the meaning of public monuments in Boston and beyond. Moderated by Now and There’s Kate Gilbert, Beyond the Bust will offer dialogue on monuments as artworks, memorials, and community identifiers. Panelists will discuss the significance of monuments as objects of public history, collective memory, and art.
Featuring Karin Goodfellow (Director of the Boston Arts Commission), Cher Krause Knight (Associate Professor of Art History, Emerson College), Lilian Hsu (Director of Public Art at Cambridge Arts), Fern Cunningham (artist and sculptor of Step on Board, Boston’s Harriet Tubman memorial), Nick Capasso (Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum) and to-be-announced artists. Beyond the Bust is jointly presented by Big Red & Shiny and Now and There.
Beyond the Bust seeks to engage a broad public in considering public monuments. Following panelist discussion, the audience will be encouraged to offer their ideas of public monuments through a question and answer session. A reception will follow, which will allow for further discussion and engagement between the panelists and audience.