Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, On the Day They Came Home, 2021, part of Staying Power exhibition, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Presented by The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village), with curation by Monument Lab, Staying Power is a public art exhibition and program series taking place in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of Philadelphia that asks artists, neighborhood residents, and visitors the questions: What is your staying power in this neighborhood? What is your staying power in a city and world that are rapidly changing?
The exhibition features prototype monuments created in response to the prompts (taking the form of outdoor sculpture, photographic installations, and storefront activations), designed by artists Sadie Barnette, Black Quantum Futurism (consisting of Pew Fellows Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips), Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, Ebony G. Patterson, and Deborah Willis.
While in residence at the Village, Monument Lab collaborated with a paid cohort of neighborhood curatorial fellows who contributed thought leadership and participated in the curation of the project, deepening its connection to the community.
Public programs will include research and performance engagements throughout the summer. In-person guided tours of the exhibition are available.