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Welcome to Monument Lab, a public art and history podcast. Each episode, host Paul Farber explores stories and critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments. We speak to the artists, activists, and historians on the frontlines, building the next generation of public spaces through stories of social justice and equity. Here are the monumental people, places, and ideas of our time.

Latest Episodes

Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons with Eric García; New Monuments for New Cities Part 4

Eric García, based in Chicago, uses his political cartoons, mixed media installations, murals, hand printed posters and drawings to to engage ideas of nationalism, white supremacy, and exclusion. For his recent monumental poster, Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, he highlights a labor leader and anarchist organizer from Chicago whose impact on the history of labor is astounding. We speak to García about Parson, how he learned about her, and how he could better honor her.

35 MINOCT 4
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Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons with Eric García; New Monuments for New Cities Part 4

Expanding Monuments with Regina Agu; New Monuments for New Cities Part 5

Regina Agu has been researching and engaging green spaces in Houston, including Emancipation Park, especially to understand the legacy of communities of color in these spaces. As an artist, in a city where zoning laws, or lack thereof, impacts preservation, Agu also has seen the ways artists are on the forefront of innovating around and along with those parameters.

39 MINOCT 4
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Expanding Monuments with Regina Agu; New Monuments for New Cities Part 5

Missing Democracy with Coco Guzman; New Monuments for New Cities Part 3

Coco Guzman is a Spanish-Canadian queer artist based in Toronto. Guzman draws, documents, and gathers stories that are public and intimate. They created Missing Democracy – modeled after pet posters posted on utility poles and community bulletin boards – where a Grumpy Cat stands in for democracy. We speak with Guzman about their approach to working on and in public spaces, especially to deal with memory as monumental in subtle, purposeful ways.

35 MINOCT 4
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Missing Democracy with Coco Guzman; New Monuments for New Cities Part 3

Reclaimed Water CC'd With Nicole Awai; New Monuments for New Cities Part 2

Nicole Awai is an artist and educator, born in Trinidad and based in NYC and Austin, where she teaches at the University of Austin. Her monument proposal Reclaimed Water CC’d takes on the legacies of Columbus, colonialism, and the dialectic of exploration and exploitation.

38 MINOCT 4
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Reclaimed Water CC'd With Nicole Awai; New Monuments for New Cities Part 2

Public Noise with Paul Ramírez Jonas; New Monuments for New Cities Part 1

We speak to Paul Ramírez Jonas about the idea of Public Noise, a new proposal where he inverts the idea of an equestrian monument and presents a stage for debating what it means to occupy and tangle with public space.

41 MINOCT 4
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Public Noise with Paul Ramírez Jonas; New Monuments for New Cities Part 1

“Not Peaceable and Quiet” with Counterpublic Artists with Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios

This episode of Monument Lab, we recorded live from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, where Monument Lab has a research residency this summer. As a part of Public Iconographies, we are mapping monuments of St. Louis with a research team at the museum, in parks, and public spaces around the whole city, as a part of the Pulitzer’s Striking Power exhibition. To kickoff this project, we spoke to a trio of artists – Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios – as they prepared for their own exercise in mapping.

54 MINJUN 19
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“Not Peaceable and Quiet” with Counterpublic Artists with Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios

Erasing the Border and the Wall in Our Heads with Social Sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández

This week we spoke to renowned artist and social sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández about her life growing up in Mexico and Southern California, and what happened when she painted the border near Tijuana. We also discussed her continued artist’s practice at global border lines and crossing points for migrant families including the Mediterranean Sea, and her recent collaboration with writer and cultural geographer Rebecca Solnit.

60 MINJUN 7
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Erasing the Border and the Wall in Our Heads with Social Sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández

The New Gatekeepers: Will Google decide how we remember Syria’s Civil War?

This episode we are joined by Global Voices Advocacy Director Ellery Roberts Biddle, whose article “The New Gatekeepers: Will Google Decide How We Remember Syria's Civil War” was recently published on Monument Lab’s bulletin. We discuss how big tech companies like Google and Facebook are shaping our view of the historical record of war atrocities and other traumatic events. We are also joined by Jackie Zammuto of Witness, where she is a program manager focused on video and media to defend human rights. Zammuto works with community organizations on documenting police accountability, immigrant rights, and indigenous rights.

66 MINMAY 1
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The New Gatekeepers: Will Google decide how we remember Syria’s Civil War?

Up With Ida: A Monumental Teach-In for Ida B. Wells at the University of Mississippi

This week we speak with author Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of the investigative journalist, educator, suffragist and truth teller Ida B. Wells. Duster talks about her upcoming trip to the University of Mississippi, where scholars and students have organized the Ida B Wells Teach In: A Monument to Justice. We are joined by two of the event organizers, History Professor Garrett Felber and graduate student Beth Kruse, and together we discuss the effort to rename the University’s journalism school after Ida B. Wells, a struggle to remove a confederate monument from the heart of campus, and their ongoing efforts to seek what they highlight as “reparative justice” for the campus, sparked by Wells’ memory.

56 MINAPR 3
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Up With Ida: A Monumental Teach-In for Ida B. Wells at the University of Mississippi

In Pursuit of the Confederate Truce Flag with Artist Sonya Clark

We speak with Artist Sonya Clark about her new exhibition "Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know" at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum.

85 MINMAR 27
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In Pursuit of the Confederate Truce Flag with Artist Sonya Clark

Latest Episodes

Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons with Eric García; New Monuments for New Cities Part 4

Eric García, based in Chicago, uses his political cartoons, mixed media installations, murals, hand printed posters and drawings to to engage ideas of nationalism, white supremacy, and exclusion. For his recent monumental poster, Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, he highlights a labor leader and anarchist organizer from Chicago whose impact on the history of labor is astounding. We speak to García about Parson, how he learned about her, and how he could better honor her.

35 MINOCT 4
Comments
Monument to Lucy Gonzalez Parsons with Eric García; New Monuments for New Cities Part 4

Expanding Monuments with Regina Agu; New Monuments for New Cities Part 5

Regina Agu has been researching and engaging green spaces in Houston, including Emancipation Park, especially to understand the legacy of communities of color in these spaces. As an artist, in a city where zoning laws, or lack thereof, impacts preservation, Agu also has seen the ways artists are on the forefront of innovating around and along with those parameters.

39 MINOCT 4
Comments
Expanding Monuments with Regina Agu; New Monuments for New Cities Part 5

Missing Democracy with Coco Guzman; New Monuments for New Cities Part 3

Coco Guzman is a Spanish-Canadian queer artist based in Toronto. Guzman draws, documents, and gathers stories that are public and intimate. They created Missing Democracy – modeled after pet posters posted on utility poles and community bulletin boards – where a Grumpy Cat stands in for democracy. We speak with Guzman about their approach to working on and in public spaces, especially to deal with memory as monumental in subtle, purposeful ways.

35 MINOCT 4
Comments
Missing Democracy with Coco Guzman; New Monuments for New Cities Part 3

Reclaimed Water CC'd With Nicole Awai; New Monuments for New Cities Part 2

Nicole Awai is an artist and educator, born in Trinidad and based in NYC and Austin, where she teaches at the University of Austin. Her monument proposal Reclaimed Water CC’d takes on the legacies of Columbus, colonialism, and the dialectic of exploration and exploitation.

38 MINOCT 4
Comments
Reclaimed Water CC'd With Nicole Awai; New Monuments for New Cities Part 2

Public Noise with Paul Ramírez Jonas; New Monuments for New Cities Part 1

We speak to Paul Ramírez Jonas about the idea of Public Noise, a new proposal where he inverts the idea of an equestrian monument and presents a stage for debating what it means to occupy and tangle with public space.

41 MINOCT 4
Comments
Public Noise with Paul Ramírez Jonas; New Monuments for New Cities Part 1

“Not Peaceable and Quiet” with Counterpublic Artists with Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios

This episode of Monument Lab, we recorded live from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, where Monument Lab has a research residency this summer. As a part of Public Iconographies, we are mapping monuments of St. Louis with a research team at the museum, in parks, and public spaces around the whole city, as a part of the Pulitzer’s Striking Power exhibition. To kickoff this project, we spoke to a trio of artists – Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios – as they prepared for their own exercise in mapping.

54 MINJUN 19
Comments
“Not Peaceable and Quiet” with Counterpublic Artists with Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, and Josh Rios

Erasing the Border and the Wall in Our Heads with Social Sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández

This week we spoke to renowned artist and social sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández about her life growing up in Mexico and Southern California, and what happened when she painted the border near Tijuana. We also discussed her continued artist’s practice at global border lines and crossing points for migrant families including the Mediterranean Sea, and her recent collaboration with writer and cultural geographer Rebecca Solnit.

60 MINJUN 7
Comments
Erasing the Border and the Wall in Our Heads with Social Sculptor Ana Teresa Fernández

The New Gatekeepers: Will Google decide how we remember Syria’s Civil War?

This episode we are joined by Global Voices Advocacy Director Ellery Roberts Biddle, whose article “The New Gatekeepers: Will Google Decide How We Remember Syria's Civil War” was recently published on Monument Lab’s bulletin. We discuss how big tech companies like Google and Facebook are shaping our view of the historical record of war atrocities and other traumatic events. We are also joined by Jackie Zammuto of Witness, where she is a program manager focused on video and media to defend human rights. Zammuto works with community organizations on documenting police accountability, immigrant rights, and indigenous rights.

66 MINMAY 1
Comments
The New Gatekeepers: Will Google decide how we remember Syria’s Civil War?

Up With Ida: A Monumental Teach-In for Ida B. Wells at the University of Mississippi

This week we speak with author Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of the investigative journalist, educator, suffragist and truth teller Ida B. Wells. Duster talks about her upcoming trip to the University of Mississippi, where scholars and students have organized the Ida B Wells Teach In: A Monument to Justice. We are joined by two of the event organizers, History Professor Garrett Felber and graduate student Beth Kruse, and together we discuss the effort to rename the University’s journalism school after Ida B. Wells, a struggle to remove a confederate monument from the heart of campus, and their ongoing efforts to seek what they highlight as “reparative justice” for the campus, sparked by Wells’ memory.

56 MINAPR 3
Comments
Up With Ida: A Monumental Teach-In for Ida B. Wells at the University of Mississippi

In Pursuit of the Confederate Truce Flag with Artist Sonya Clark

We speak with Artist Sonya Clark about her new exhibition "Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know" at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum.

85 MINMAR 27
Comments
In Pursuit of the Confederate Truce Flag with Artist Sonya Clark
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