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June 2023

Finding Freedom Across Two Centuries: Artwork of the Amistad

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Biggs Museum of Art Dover, DE + Google Map

How does artwork shape historical memory? The story of the Amistad Africans, one of the few successful slave ship mutinies in American history, which led to a trial at the U.S. Supreme Court, was the subject of multiple works of art, including prints, paintings, quilts, and monuments. The subject is iconic in American art history. How was the character of Cinque of the Amistad developed for white abolitionist audiences? In what ways could a painting owned by a Black Philadelphian…

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Docomomo US 2023

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Public Art in New Haven: For the Elite, For the People, For the City

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The Museum of the Street: CETA murals, placemaking, and urban revitalization

June 28 - June 30
Czech Technical Unievrsity in Prague Prague, Czech Republic + Google Map

This project documents the impact of a mural-making program in the late 1970s, a time of social unrest, the degradation of American cities, and differing attempts by politicians and community groups to address severe inequities. A special program which channeled funds to cities began in 1976 -- the year of the American Bicentennial (the 200th founding of the nation-state) allowing localities such as mayoral and city council administrations to devote funds across social and cultural projects in an attempt to…

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November 2023

Material Cultures of Preservation, Transformation, Erasure, and Memorialization

November 2 - November 5
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

What would it look like for sites of public memory, memorialization, and preservation to act as places of justice, community, and care? What kinds of feelings do these places and things engender? Joy, rage, mourning, exhaustion, hope, love? This session examines the dynamics of public space, acts of preservation, and places and things of memory through the lens of community, examining moments of failure and erasure alongside moments of love and solidarity. Penn State Harrisburg graduate student Jeremy Boorum considers…

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Monumental Developments: Contemporary Approaches to Commemorative Public Art

November 9 - November 11
University of Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa + Google Map

Breaking (Bad) Glass: Remaking Commemoration at Yale University The sound of breaking glass in what was then called Calhoun College at Yale University on June 13, 2016, signaled the death knell for that college’s name and highlighted the university’s reticence in addressing school history and its problematic relationship to the city in which it resides. The city provides the university with much of its service staff, who work across campus—a campus which exists as intertwined with downtown New Haven—in positions…

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January 2024

Material Matters: It’s in the Details

January 20, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fort Ticonderoga New York + Google Map

Presence and Absence in Pennsylvania: Carved Head of Captain John Carlton by John Fisher, c. 1786 Inside a mid-20th century car dealership-turned-local history museum is the representation of an indigenous man. He is carved from the trees that gave name to “Penn’s Woods.” These were eighteenth century woods inhabited by an intersection of peoples speaking different languages: Algonquian, English, High German, and Low German. They each built their architecture in their own image. Few remnants survive. The architecture of white…

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