Monument Lab: Noon Talks at the City Hall Lab

18 May - 5 Jun 2015
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Philadelphia City Hall courtyard, 2014. Photo courtesy of Paul Farber.


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.

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia is a public art and urban research project taking place at City Hall in the spring of 2015. Through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, the project asks a central guiding question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? The project includes an innovative research pavilion at City Hall, a prototype monument by the late artist Terry Adkins, and free dialogues led by Philadelphia artists and critical thinkers using William Penn's iconic plan for the city's five public squares as inspiration.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Penn Institute for Urban Research's Monument Lab also precedes a planned Philadelphia monuments festival, to take place in 2017.

The following is a list of noontime talks, to take place on location of the Monument Lab at City Hall.

Monday, May 18
Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director of the Association for Public Art
Ken Finkel, Professor of American Studies at Temple University and Contributor to

Tuesday, May 19
Thomas Devaney, Poet, 2014 Pew Fellow
Yolanda Wisher, Poet

Wednesday, May 20
Nathaniel Popkin, Co-Editor of Hidden City
Anthony Smyrski, Co-Founder of Megawords, 2012 Pew Fellow

Thursday, May 21
Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center
Fran Zavala Cortes, Bilingual Youth Sexual Health Coordinator at Galaei

Thursday, May 21 at 4 p.m.
Zya Levy, Botanist and member of WE THE WEEDS
Elisa Ruse Esposito, Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator for the Department of Parks & Recreation and Co-founder of Emerald Street Urban Farm

Friday, May 22
Conrad Benner, Editor of
Lansie Sylvia, Founder of "Next Stop: Democracy!"

Tuesday, May 26
Dan Biddle, Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Co-Author of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America
Murray Dubin, Journalist and Co-Author of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

Wednesday, May 27
Rep. Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative
High Schools Students from Science Leadership Academy with History teacher Pearl Jonas

Thursday, May 28
John Jackson, Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania
Salamishah Tillet, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Founder of A Long Walk Home

Friday, May 29
Billy Dufala, RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency)
Lucia Thomé, RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency)

Monday, June 1
Nancy Chen, Senior Programs Manager at the Asian Arts Initiative
Josh Perelman, Chief Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Tuesday, June 2
Erin Bernard, Founder of Philadelphia History Truck
Daniel Tucker, Assitant Professor and Graduate Program Manager in Social & Studio Practice at Moore College of Art & Design

Wednesday, June 3
Cpt. Altovise Love-Craighead, Philadelphia Police Department and Co-Founder of EMIR (Every Murder is Real)
John Purtle, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management & Policy at Drexel University School of Public Health

Thursday, June 4
Helen White, Professor of Environmental Sciences at Haverford College
William Williams, Professor of Photography at Haverford College

Friday, June 5
Jane Golden, Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles Outside Linebacker and Executive Director & Founder of Make the World Better Project