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Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice: Redefining Monuments
Initiated by Dr. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, as part of her appointment as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair Professor of Fine Arts, the EADJ “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice” is a platform for academic creative and social exploration that takes visual representation as a focus for developing new knowledge and new practices. Dr. Campos-Pons has invited Marina Fokidis as the Program Curator.

The 2020 EADJ program, Living in Common in the Precarious South(s), will offer a set of vibrant discussions, examining the consequences of social and historical inequities on the southern imaginary as seen in art from Latin America, Africa, South Europe, and the American South. The program includes 8 “episodes,” which will be hosted as webinars, throughout the Fall 2020 semester.

EADJ’s first episode will explore the history of monuments as instruments of ideological glorification, persuasion and oppression. Panelists will discuss the creation of counter-narratives, in the form of a public-facing art that redefines the concept of monuments as vehicles for propagating inclusive ideals in contemporary idioms.

Participants will include:
Moderator: Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and Professor of the History of Art, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, US

Speakers:
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, New York, US
Carrie Mae Weems, Artist, Syracuse, New York, US
Monika Szewczyk, Director, De Appel Center, Amsterdam, NL

Respondent: Ben Davis, Art critic, Artnet.News, author of “Why the Columbus monument should be seen as a monument to the construction of whiteness in the United States” New York, US

Artist intervention: Carrie Mae Weems, Artist, New York, US

Sep 23, 2020 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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