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In the News

Artist Billboard with the text: There are Black People in the Future
Photo: Alisha Wormsley

Recent media reports and events featuring our fellows and partners.

In the News

  • A review about the window installation There Are Black People in the Future of the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City, in KC Studio, the only cultural magazine in Kansas City. (January 7, 2021)
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Monument Lab going national with the initiative “National Monument Audit” to help reimagine monuments in public space.  (January 1, 2021)
  • Monument Lab will be part of the upcoming exhibition from the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Florida, offering “Field Trip”, an investigation into local monuments in any community, Patch reports. (December 29, 2020)
  • For the Times Square Chronicles, Suzanna Bowling reports on how Monument Lab Fellow Alisha B. Wormsley’s message will be presented in Times Square as part of the public art campaign Messages for the City. (December 26, 2020)
  • In the article “We Are Our Own Monuments” for the journal Brooklyn Rail, Paul Farber, director of Monument Lab writes about his observations of Philadelphia’s public art and spaces after the general election. (December 14, 2020)
  • Brentin Mock calls Alisha B Wormsley’s There Are Black People In The Future a “national anthem for Black artists” on Bloomberg CityLab and describes her involvement in the billboard artwork across Westmoreland, PA. (December 11, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Fellow Ada Pinkston will be one of the local artists chosen by LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) for the “LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives” project — artists will create site-specific monuments and murals with AR Technology that can be seen on Snapchat in 2021, reports the LA Times. (December 08, 2020)
  • Paul Farber, director of Monument Lab, talks in an interview with NPR about the urgent necessity to create commemoration sites for the Covid pandemic’s victims. (December 08, 2020)
  • The exhibition “There is Black Housing in the Future: Equitable Public Housing as Memorial” by Monument Lab Fellow Alisha B Wormsley and conceptual artist Ayanah Moor, at the Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, featured in the Chicago Crusader. (December 02, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Fellow Damon Davis participates in the USPS campaign Write Black Love Letters, an initiative to support the Black Lives Matter movement. (December 02, 2020)
  • Reviewed in the New York Times as one of the best books of 2020: The non-fiction read Black Futures that also includes Monument Lab Fellow Alisha B Wormsley’s project There Are Black People In The Future. (November 30, 2020)
  • The online newspaper mySuburbanLife.com featured Alisha B Wormsley’s and Ayanah Moor ́s exhibition “In Focus: The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Fight for Fair Housing” at the Elmhurst Art Museum (subscription needed).
  • The radio station WKNO 91.1 — NPR for the Mid-South announced that Monument Fellows MADAD (Making Art and Design as Dissent) will be part of the Clough-Hanson Art Gallery at Rhodes College fall lecture series.
  • A commentary by Alicia Olushola Ajayi in Metropolis praises our partner Monument Lab’s process-driven approach as a strategy that enables real conversations about the future of monuments. (November 2, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Fellow Alisha B Wormsley´s billboard “There Are Black People In The Future” was chosen for the campaign “Make Our Differences Our Strengths” together with 9 other artist´s works to be displayed along West Morley County Roads in Pennsylvania.  (October 22, 2020)
  • Religion News Service (RNS) on “Yaangna, Beyond L.A. Indigenous Frameworks.” and Monument Lab Fellow Joel García’s work.  (October 20, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Fellow Hadi Al Khatibs “Syrian Archive” publishes new information on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program together with the Open Society Justice Initiative (October 20, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Director Paul Farber discussing America's reckoning with its monument landscape on CBS News. (October 20, 2020)
  • Monument Lab Fellow and MADAD member Damon Davis is featured in the documentary “In the Making”, following the lives and journeys of emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) cultural artists. (October 19, 2020)
  • Sabaah Folayan and Monument Lab Fellow Damon Davis’ documentary Whose Streets? is recommended by “Deadline - Breaking Hollywood News” as part of a list of recent documentaries that shine a glaring light on racial violence, racial bias, injustice, broken prison systems, political corruption and police brutality. (October 19, 2020) 
  • With the $4 Million grant from the Mellon Foundation, Monument Lab is creating a database of America’s monuments—including who funded them. (October 16, 2020)
  • Paul Farber lays out how Monument Lab will use the $4 Million grant received by the Mellon Foundation (October 15, 2020)
  • Bloomberg article on rethinking monuments mentions the Goethe-Institute's Town Hall and quotes Joel García, Cannupa Hanska Luger, and Paul Farber. (October 14, 2020)
  • Op-Ed by Paul Farber, founder of Monument Lab about the project Shaping The Past on the Latitude website of the Goethe-Institut. (October 14, 2020) 
  • Alisha Wormsley's work “There Are Black People in the Future” was featured in the weekend edition of The New York Times Style Magazine. (October 14, 2020)
  • Quentin VerCetty’s project is featured in a segment on Radio Canada, Montreal (in French). (October 13, 2020)
  • Radio Canada features Quentin VerCetty in article about virtual monuments to resurrect the forgotten history of Black People (in French). (October 13, 2020)
  • Monument Lab will help craft recommendations on the future of monuments for the Mellon Foundation. (October 13, 2020)
  • Penn Cultural Heritage Center hosted a virtual event to discuss this summer's demonstrations on Monument Avenue with Monument Lab Fellow, historical strategist, and founder of Untold RVA Free Egunfemi Bangura.  (October 10, 2020)
  • Monument Lab’s work was discussed in this radio feature on KALW public radio, San Francisco. (October 9, 2020)
  • Transnational Monument Lab Fellow Annie Simpson of "Take Action Chapel Hill Collective" is being featured on the website of The Lamar Dodd School of Art (University of Georgia). (October 9, 2020)
  • Radio channel's KQED website features Monument Lab Fellow Cheyenne Concepcion’s project, the  “New Monument Taskforce” about conducting a report on San Francisco’s 87 monuments. (October 8, 2020)
  • Columbia University Professor and Monument Lab Town Hall panelist Mabel O. Wilson in the New York Times on the meaning of monuments.  (October 8, 2020)
  • Monument Lab founder Paul M Farber on the challenge to memorialize the devastation of the pandemic, and comments on the new community sculpture project by Artist Joanna Hutchinson.  (October 7, 2020)
  • Quentin VerCetty has won the Joshua Glover Public Art Competition, as was announced by Toronto Mayor John Tory on August 13.
  • Monument Lab was featured on Archinect for their proposed revision of the recent Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes.
  • A review of Monument Lab's 2019 book Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia was published on Hyperallergic. ​ 
  • Alisha Wormsley was profiled on ArtNet.com in an article about Black Women transforming Art in their cities.
  • In June, Joel Garcia and his fellow activists were featured in the LAist and Los Angeles Times for monument protests.