Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

1/9: The crowd gathers at the late Terry Adkins’ temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard, on the opening day of Monument Lab. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
2/9: The late Terry Adkins’ temporary monument at City Hall Courtyard, the central meeting place for Penn Institute for Urban Research’s Monument Lab. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
3/9: A member of the crowd brainstorms a monument at the Monument Lab “storefront” space in City Hall Courtyard, the day of the project’s opening. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
4/9: A senior from Masterman High School performs at the opening of Monument Lab, at Terry Adkins’ temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
5/9: The crowd at the opening of Monument Lab, at Terry Adkins’ temporary monument in City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
6/9: Monument Lab co-curator Paul Farber speaks at the project’s opening in City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
7/9: Monument Lab co-curator Ken Lum speaks at the project’s opening at City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
8/9: Jane Golden, Director of Mural Arts, speaks at the opening of Monument Lab in the City Hall Courtyard. Photo by Lisa Boughter.
9/9: Terry Adkins, Blanche Bruce, and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps perform The Last Trumpet as part of the Performa Biennial 2013. Photo courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins and Salon 94, New York.

This project will pose the question: What does a 21st-century urban monument look like? The centerpiece of this exploration, overseen by curators A. Will Brown, Paul Farber, and Ken Lum, will be a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins, to be installed in City Hall’s central courtyard in the spring of 2015. Adkins’ monument addresses the traumatic wave of Philadelphia school closings that occurred in 2013. A Center City storefront “lab” also located at City Hall, which also opens in the spring of 2015, will serve as project headquarters, where participating artists, curators and Philadelphia citizens will brainstorm and instigate ideas for the appropriate monument for contemporary Philadelphia. This project will precede a planned Philadelphia monuments festival, to take place in 2017.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art co-organized a multifaceted exhibition devoted to the art of Michelangelo Pistoletto, influential founder of the Arte Povera movement.

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia will host a series of noontime talks, to take place on location at City Hall.

The Barnes Foundation’s Center-funded exhibition, Yinka Shonibare: Magic Ladders, was highlighted in The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Fleisher Art Memorial is implementing new communication strategies meant to transform the organization into a more welcoming and accessible space for its South Philadelphia neighbors.

Grants & Grantees

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

Grants & Grantees

Losang Samten is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Kiehl became curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. Previously, he curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian Foundation in Miami Beach.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tim Grove is chief of education at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Grants & Grantees

Annabeth Rosen is a ceramist and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Princeton University Associate Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu discusses Shonibare’s work within the context of contemporary and historical African art.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lecoq-trained theater artist Mary Tuomanen devises work using storytelling tools like acrobatics, clown, mask, mime, scenography, and spatial composition.