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New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
New Urban Monuments Artists Talk

At Galatea Fine Art, 360 Harrison Avenue #B-6, Boston

Artist in Residence Exhibition: L'Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge artists reflect on values we want to honor in our public spaces.

Monuments stand to materialize memorial practices that shape the American landscape. Recent calls for the literal destruction of certain public monuments respond to ideals for American democracy. Why do these hard relics, which represent a divided America and frame challenges to democratic possibilities, remain to shape public memory in our neighborhoods and parks? How do we create new monuments that engage new ideas emerging from our communities?

Boston-based interdisciplinary artist, L’Merchie Frazier is the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts’ 2019 Artist in Residence. Frazier led Eliot School’s Teen Bridge artists through an intensive process of collaborative design, community engagement and art making. Teen Bridge artists include Anita Adiukwu, José Benavides, Rose Gelin, Marieliza Manigat, Isaac Madera-Cepeda, Vladimir Mesidor and Jasyrah Rosier. Through surveying communities, hands-on workshops, discussions and developing this installation, the group concludes:

“As 21st Century people, our voices are monumental and part of the Maker-revolution to produce monuments going forward. Can we call for the creation of new monuments? ‘Of course we can!’”

Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo