The Stuart Weitzman School of Design a panel, “Work in Progress: Monuments and the Politics of Commemoration,” on March 26, 2019 in Meyerson Hall.
Cities around the U.S. are grappling with controversies related to public art, historical monuments, and other memorials. The panelists for this event will discuss ways that curators, artists, historians, and preservationists have responded to these waves of controversy with new approaches to building equity and collectivity in public spaces. They will discuss recent projects related to the topic in several cities, including Philadelphia, New York, and Birmingham, as well as historical notions of permanence attached to memorial sites.
Paul M. Farber, PhD, lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, is a historian, curator, and educator. He is the artistic director and co-founder of Monument Lab, a national public art and history studio currently based at the University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Freitag (MSHP’94, MLA’94) is the executive director of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a Manhattan-based family foundation that supports heritage conservation, as well as environment and social justice causes.
Sharon Hayes, associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech.
Aaron Wunsch, associate professor of landscape architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, teaches architectural history and related subjects in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.