April 9 – 13, 2014
Saint Louis, MO
Monument / Anti-Monument is an international conference that will bring together artists,art historians, curators, academics, architects, urban planners, designers, archaeologists and other experts to explore contemporary thinking about the intersection of sculpture and the public realm. While the public sculpture and monuments of the host city of St. Louis will be used as a catalyst for discussion, the conference will also seek a broader dialogue that will encompass a global perspective on sculpture and its relationship to place.
Keynote Speaker: Lozano-Hemmer
Lozano-Hemmer develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.
Redefining Memorials: The Conflation of Heroes and Victims
Harriet F Senie, Co-Chair and Panel Organizer
Harriet F Senie is the Director of Museum Studies and Professor of Art History at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
John Craig Freeman, Co-Chair and Panel Organizer
John Craig Freeman is a public artist and Professor of New Media at Emerson College.
Charlotte Cohen, Panelist
Charlotte Cohen is a Fine Arts Officer with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), managing new commissions and the collection in the New York region.
Sally Webster, Respondent
Sally Webster is Professor Emerita of 19th-Century American Art at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center
A discussion on the increasing role of victims’ families in the memorial process, leading to a hybrid form that foregrounds individuals lost rather than historical issues. The topic will be explored from the perspective of an artist, an art historian and a public art administrator/curator.