Carrie Mae Weems, “Lincoln Memorial” (2015–2016) (© Carrie Mae Weems, image courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

Don’t miss “Monumental Concerns”, a symposium hosted by Syracuse University artist-in-residence Carrie Mae Weems on Saturday, October 7, with an opening reception and presentation featuring Hank Willis Thomas on Friday, October 6. Panelists will explore how monuments can commemorate challenging histories and shape dominant narratives on national and local levels.

How do we dialogue about these often controversial issues and fairly address a multitude of perspectives? To what extent do we invite opposition to discussions of monument removal or displacement? When and how do these debates spill over into racial violence and what can we do to address this reality? How do we acknowledge the emotional and nationalistic role that monuments often play while advocating for more inclusive historical framing? Through sustained, thoughtful, and respectful dialogue in thematic presentations, participants can begin to define what a monument is in the United States of the 21st century and imagine what monuments could be for the future.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Syracuse University’s campus in Syracuse, New York.

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