Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

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About the Author

Paul M. Farber is the Artistic Director of Monument Lab and Lecturer in Fine Arts and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "A Wall of Our Own" An American History of the Berlin Wall. Ken Lum is the Chief Curatorial Advisor of Monument Lab and an Artist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of Shanghai Modern: 1919 - 1945.


"Public art has a long and distinguished history in Philadelphia. Monument Lab was established not only to bring that history up to the present but also to interrogate the very notion of what constitutes art in the public realm. Monument Labis a testimony to the success of the endeavor, a record of the works and conversations related to the project, and a brilliant contribution to the wide conversation about the urgent topics related to the production and display of art outside the walls of a museum."--Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Monument Lab has taken the current controversies of public art and the future place of monuments and creatively engaged the public in serious and often playful ways. Using the city of Philadelphia with its prominent history and diversity as its inspiring springboard, each project described soars with meaning and conviction. Monument Lab leads the nation in working to achieve cities where public art is embraced by all their occupants and this book reflects their many unique stories."--Elizabeth Goldstein, President, The Municipal Art Society of New York