Love Is the Message: Curator’s Talk with Paul Farber

Love Is the Message: Curator’s Talk with Paul Farber

iMPeRFeCT Gallery (map)

Please join us for a curator’s talk from Monument Lab curator Paul M. Farber, on artist Jamel Shabazz’s Love Is the MessageLove Is the Message is a mural modeled after a keepsake photo frame, and features select images of veterans and residents alongside monumental figures and artworks in the neighborhood. This talk is presented as part of the ongoing Love Is the Message exhibition at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, from September 9 to October 7, 2017.

Artist Jamel Shabazz photographs veterans and their families in Vernon Park on Memorial Day, 2017. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Monument to the Philadelphia Poet

Monument to the Philadelphia Poet

Logan Circle (map)

A monumental project deserves a monumental performance, and Philadelphia’s poetry scene does not disappoint. Local writers Yolanda Wisher, Lillian Dunn, Nicole Steinberg, and more have selected a host of Philadelphia-based poets for this one-night-only monument in verse. Before the event, visit Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared sound installation, on view this night from 4–9 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. FREE.

Saturday Spotlight: Penn Treaty Park

Saturday Spotlight: Penn Treaty Park

Penn Treaty Park (map)

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab continues with a Saturday Spotlight event at Penn Treaty Park, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. This event will feature Monument Lab artists Duane Linklater and RAIR (led by artists Billy Dufala and Lucia Thome). Linklater’s work at Penn Treaty Park sheds light on the treaty referenced in the park’s name, between William Penn and Lenape Chief Tamanend, while RAIR’s project evokes the tension between Philadelphia’s green spaces and escalating development. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Promument

Promument

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (map)

Celebrate all things Monument Lab and Mural Arts with Promument, a night of dancing and conversation in PAFA’s beautiful Rotunda space. Explore the Monument Lab hub downstairs in PAFA’s exhibition space, and enjoy a lineup of the area’s best DJs, food, and cocktails—plus a few surprises.

$25 / $15 PAFA Members. Registration is required.

Saturday Spotlight: Franklin Square

Saturday Spotlight: Franklin Square

Franklin Square (map)

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab continues with a Saturday Spotlight event at Franklin Square, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. This event will feature Monument Lab artist Kara Crombie, whose Sample Philly installation in the park has been on view since July. This project is a giant interactive boombox honoring Philadelphia’s rich musical history, and calling attention to the lack of music education in the city today. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monumental Exchange – Mel Chin, Tyree Guyton, and Ken Lum

Monumental Exchange – Mel Chin, Tyree Guyton, and Ken Lum

University of the Arts (map)

A monumental project is bound to lead to monumental conversations. In this four-part event series, Monument Lab artists join forces for talks about the role of the artist in relation to monument-making, as well as thoughts on meaning, memory, representation, equity, and dialogue in public space. Artists Mel Chin and Tyree Guyton, at work on projects at City Hall and in Kensington, will take part in a public conversation about the exhibition and their work. Chin’s project, Two ME, invites the public to become monuments themselves, while Guyton’s THE TIMES is a monument to recovery and resilience in the face of trauma. FREE.

Youth Monument to the Future with King Britt and Joshua Mays

Youth Monument to the Future with King Britt and Joshua Mays

Malcolm X Park (map)

Created in collaboration with students from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Art Education program, DJ King Britt and artist Joshua Mays have created a one-night-only music and visual performance that serves as a youth monument to the future. Join us for music, collected sound samples, and student-designed banners and artwork, entitled Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monument Lab Live #2: Hidden Histories and Missing Documents

Monument Lab Live #2: Hidden Histories and Missing Documents

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (map)

Who do we want to honor in public space? What are the untold stories that need to be told, and who are the storytellers? The second iteration of Monument Lab Live tackles these questions and more, with speakers and presenters who interrogate questions of authorship, representation, and history. Join us for TED-style presentations from Paper Monuments (NOLA), Vashti DuBois (Executive Director, The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia), Jarrett Drake (digital archivist, Cambridge, MA), Venissa Santí (Cuban–American vocalist, Philadelphia), and Monument Lab artists Kaitlin Pomerantz and Marisa Williamson.

$5 / Free for PAFA Members. Seating is limited. Registration required.

Saturday Spotlight: Rittenhouse Square

Saturday Spotlight: Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square (map)

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab continues with a Saturday Spotlight event at Rittenhouse Square, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. This event will feature Monument Lab artists Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg, both of whose projects deal with what is missing. Hayes’ If They Should Ask is a monument to the lack of monuments to women in Philadelphia, while Rosenberg’s The Built/Unbuilt Square allows park visitors to see historical scenes through augmented reality viewfinders. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh: Logan Squared (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monumental Exchange – Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and Ricardo Rivera

Monumental Exchange – Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and Ricardo Rivera

University of the Arts (map)

A monumental project is bound to lead to monumental conversations. In this four-part event series, Monument Lab artists join forces for talks about the role of the artist in relation to monument-making, as well as thoughts on meaning, memory, representation, equity, and dialogue in public space. Artists Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective, with projects at Franklin Square, Rittenhouse Square, and Marconi Plaza, will take part in a public conversation about the exhibition and their work. Crombie’s Sample Philly is a monument to Philadelphia’s musical history, while Rosenberg’s The Built/Unbuilt Square reveals historic landscapes. At Marconi Plaza, Klip Collective’s one-night-only installation on October 28 will pay homage to immigrant families of South Philadelphia, past and present. FREE.

Klip Collective

Klip Collective

Marconi Plaza (map)

Led by Ricardo Rivera, experiential art shop Klip Collective will unveil its immersive installation at Marconi Plaza. This one-night-only monument will pay homage to immigrant families of South Philadelphia, past and present. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monumental Lab Live #3: Civic Action and Activism

Monumental Lab Live #3: Civic Action and Activism

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (map)

The third iteration of Monument Lab Live celebrates the history, present, and future of activism in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. Monument Lab artists will discuss their projects, made in collaboration with local activist and community groups, respectively, in addition to stirring presentations from local and national rising stars in the social justice and activist worlds. Join us for TED-style presentations from Bree Newsome (filmmaker and activist, Charlotte, NC), Tarek El-Messidi (Founder, Celebrate Mercy, Philadelphia), Reentry Think Tank (Philadelphia), and Monument Lab artists Michelle Angela Ortiz (with the Shut Down Berks Coalition) and Shira Walinsky (with Southeast by Southeast).

$5 / Free for PAFA Members. Seating is limited. Registration required.

Saturday Spotlight: Washington Square

Saturday Spotlight: Washington Square

Washington Square (map)

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab continues with a Saturday Spotlight event at Washington Square, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. This event will feature Monument Lab artists Kaitlin Pomerantz and Marisa Williamson, whose projects reveal missing or lost Philadelphia stories. Pomerantz’s On the Threshold explores the city’s stoop culture, while Williamson is creating an interactive scavenger hunt app that will lead a narrative about African American history in and around Washington Square. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. . FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monumental Exchange – Jamel Shabazz and Special Guest

Monumental Exchange – Jamel Shabazz and Special Guest

WHYY (map)

A monumental project is bound to lead to monumental conversations. In this four-part event series, Monument Lab artists join forces for talks about the role of the artist in relation to monument-making, as well as thoughts on meaning, memory, representation, equity, and dialogue in public space. Artist Jamel Shabazz and a special guest will take part in a public conversation about the Monument Lab exhibition and Shabazz’s project. In Vernon Park, Love is the Message is Shabazz’s tribute to African American veterans and their families, working with portraiture and photography. FREE.

Saturday Spotlight: Vernon Park

Saturday Spotlight: Vernon Park

Vernon Park (map)

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab continues with a Saturday Spotlight event at Vernon Park, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. This event will feature Monument Lab artists Jamel Shabazz—holding portrait sessions for his project paying tribute to African American veterans—and Karyn Olivier—currently installing The Battle Is Joined, a mirrored remixing of the Battle of Germantown Memorial. FREE.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.


Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.

Monument Lab Keynote: The Futures of Memory

Monument Lab Keynote: The Futures of Memory

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (map)

Philadelphia’s most monumental project of 2017 concludes with a keynote conversation between Michael Eric Dyson (professor and author of Tears We Cannot Stop), New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, and Salamishah Tillet (scholar, activist, social critic, and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania). They’ll discuss the overarching themes and questions raised by Monument Lab, as well as the future of memory in public space.

$5 / Free for PAFA Members.Seating is limited. Registration required.

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker: Logan Squared

Parkway Central Library (map)

Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.

Logan Squared: Ode to Philly

Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker

Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos

As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.