Prof. Erika Doss: Troubling Memorials: Disgraced Monuments and Problematic Public Art in America

Date: 13 March 2019
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

From the toppling of a statue of King George III in New York in 1776 to the recent removal (or relocation) of statues and monuments that pay homage to the Confederacy, the United States has had a long history of “reckoning” with memorials, monuments, and other forms of public art that citizens deem oppressive, shameful, hateful, or simply “out of sync” with current values and ideals.  This lecture traces how, why, and when Americans target public art, and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture. (Please click on the image for more information)

This event is cosponsored by the American Studies Programme, SMLC, Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Department of Fine Arts