Talk Conversation #4: A Matter of Public Inspiration

Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs © Kenseth Armstead



Kenseth Armstead's Boulevard of African Monarchs is on view at West 116th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem, New York through August 2021

With Naila Opiangah, Hank Willis Thomas, Jerald Cooper, and Walter Cruz.

A Matter of Public Inspiration invites a cross-section of those leading the charge to bring social justice to their communities to reflect on the landscape of their cities. At their best, monuments and public art installations can become part of a community’s psyche, acting as extensions of ourselves and our hopes and dreams. Together the panelists share about the fixtures in their communities that have shaped and inspired them and functioned in their life.

Curated by Niama Safia Sandy.

This event is part of Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives and is presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and 1014 as part of Shaping the Past, a project of the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Shaping the Past connects memory workers across Canada, Mexico, the US, and Germany who have piloted new approaches to shape the past in their own local contexts.