Sharon Hayes, If They Should Ask, 2017, Philadelphia City Hall. Presented as part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Mel Chin, Two Me, 2017, Philadelphia City Hall. Presented as part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide art and history exhibition, Monument Lab, has garnered national and regional media coverage, with articles and interviews in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and US News. Featuring temporary public artworks created for Philadelphia’s five squares by artists Mel Chin, Emeka Ogboh, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Kara Crombie, and Alexander Rosenberg, Monument Lab is on view through November 19.
“A public art project in Philadelphia is challenging people to think about monuments—both those it has and those it doesn't have,” wrote Natalie Pompilio for the Associated Press, as seen in US News and The Washington Post.
The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted several of the monuments created in Philadelphia’s five public squares with Center support, noting that the works offer “tentative answers to some basic questions embodied in public art. What might we be as a society, and how should that be reflected in our monuments? Who are we?”
In an interview with Huffington Post, curator Paul Farber described the role of monuments in civic life: “A monument is…a way to make history public and enduring, reflecting not just interpretations of the past but the power dynamics of the present,” Farber said. Further, “monuments are a way to talk about how history is carried into the present.”
WHYY’s Peter Crimmins pointed out that the project’s “most permanent contribution to the city's landscape will be a dataset of unfiltered ideas gleaned from residents about what they say is worthwhile remembering in Philadelphia, right now.”