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LIVE! Monuments And Memory: Deconstructing Power in Antiquity and the Contemporary

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

LIVE: Monuments And Memory: Deconstructing Power in Antiquity and the Contemporary
Join the Walters Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art for two panels of scholars and artists that deconstruct the power of monuments—both traditional and impermanent—using examples from contemporary art and both museums’ collections.
LECTURE 1: April 29, 6-7 p.m. EST
Monuments are present in many public spheres we encounter, but do they actively shape our lives? This question and others involving the use of monumental architecture, how monuments and sculpture asserted power in ancient times, and monuments as a device to extend power are the focus of this fascinating discussion. Join Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator of Ancient Mediterranean Art at the Walters Art Museum; Michelle Rich, The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art; Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and Tsione Wolde-Michael, Curator of African American Social Justice History at the National Museum of American History as they explore these topics.
LECTURE 2: May 6, 6-7 p.m. EST
Contemporary artists offer a unique perspective on how monuments play a role in current dialogue. Join multimedia artist Rayyane Tabet, performance artist Lauren Wood, and muralist LaToya Peoples in conversation with Katherine Brodbeck, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, as they explore the shifting role of permanent and impermanent art in communities. Additional topics of discussion include how communities are involved in the dialogue about monuments and how we have the power to dismantle and reframe them.
These lectures are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation. Thursday Nights at the Walters are supported by BGE.
Image Credit: (Left) Close up of Wall Panel Depicting Ix K’an Bolon (“Lady Yellow Nine”) In Ritual Dress, Maya, 790 CE. (Right) Relief With Winged Genius (Apkallu), Assyrian, 883-859 BCE.