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Art in Public: Redefining History, Memory, Identity

In 2018, the removal of Confederate monuments, both officially and through acts of resistance, and who and how to memorialize were our focus.

In two previous fairs, this program has tackled complex issues surrounding the fierce debates swirling around public monuments, their representations, and their meaning to us individually and as community. Last year, the removal of Confederate monuments, both officially and through acts of resistance, and who and how to memorialize were our focus. Today’s panel discusses the new representations of race, gender, and identity in the powerful images created by artists Kehinde Wiley (Rumors of War) and Wangechi Mutu (The NewOnes, will free Us). Truly monumental in every sense, what do they tell us about public sculpture and their role in 2019?

Panel: Kelly Baum, PhD, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator, Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Sean Kelly, Owner, Sean Kelly Gallery Seph Rodney, PhD, Senior Editor, Hyperallergic Melissa Smith, Freelance Journalist

Moderator: Evan Beard, National Art Services Executive, Bank of America

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