Paul Farber: Monument Lab: Process and Power in Public Art

Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. They cultivate and facilitate critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments through citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions, participatory research initiatives, a national fellows program, a web bulletin and podcast, and more. In this talk, cofounder and artistic director Paul Farber discusses Monument Lab’s founding goals, their evolving approaches to process and justice, and timely debates and possibilities for public art.

Paul M. Farber is a senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is the author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall and coeditor (with Ken Lum) of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia.

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