Memory, Monuments, and Urban Space: Alliyah Allen ’18 on Monument Lab

Memory, Monuments, and Urban Space: Alliyah Allen ’18 on Monument Lab

This semester, Alliyah Allen ’18 is working with Writing Fellow Paul Farber on Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a massive public art and urban research project he co-curated that is taking over Philadelphia’s City Hall starting May 15th.  Through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, the project asks a central guiding question: What is the appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Supported by the Hurford Center’s Tuttle Fund for the Development of Visual Culture across the Curriculum, Alliyah is one of a number of Haverford students, staff, and faculty working on the project.  Below, she shares her thoughts on Monument Lab, its timeliness within current national discourse on race, class, and the usages of public space, and how her work fits into her larger academic projects at Haverford. HCAH: How did you become interested in monuments and involved in the project? What is your role in Monument Lab? ALLIYAH ALLEN ’18: Last semester I took Professor Paul Farber’s Memory, Monuments, and Urban Space class for my Haverford Writing Seminar, and since then my perspective on the relationship between public art, monuments, and history has shifted drastically. I am from Newark, New Jersey and have been immersed in urban culture for the majority of my life. Prior to my work in this course and participation in the lab, I didn’t have much of an appreciation for public art or monuments. The deterioration and lack of resources had given me the impression that success was not welcomed in my community and that history could not be made there. However, taking this course and my participation in the Monument...

On “White Boys” /// Conversation with Brendan Wattenberg ’06

As part of the exhibition White Boys currently on view in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, the Creative Residencies Program and the Hurford Center are hosting a panel discussion with four artists from the show and curator Natasha L. Logan this Wednesday, 4/17 at 4:30 p.m. in Stokes 102. Moderating the panel will be Brendan Wattenberg, Director of Exhibitions at The Walther Collection Project Space in New York and Haverford Class of 2006 (While a student at Haverford, Brendan was also one of the first to get involved with the Hurford Center’s student programming). In advance of the conversation, CFG Gallery Assistant Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein ’16 checked in with Brendan to get his thoughts on White Boys and his own time at Haverford. How do you know White Boys Co-Curators Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L. Logan? When I was in graduate school for Africana Studies at New York University, I had a class with Deborah Willis, Hank’s mother, who is one of the most renowned historians of African American photography. Through Dr. Willis, I met Hank and I began to learn about his work, particularly after his exhibition “Pitch Blackness,” which was shown in 2009 at Jack Shainman Gallery. This winter, Hank, Natasha, and I participated in an amazing conference in Paris, co-organized by NYU and Harvard, called “Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West.” At one point during the conference, as we were rushing around between events, I ran into Natasha and she said: “Remind me – we have to talk about White Boys.” And at first I thought, “white boys”? Like, in general? Were there any pieces...

TONIGHT /// Dufala Bros. & Matthew Callinan on WHYY

Past Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery artists Billy & Steven Dufala will be featured tonight, Friday March 1st, on WHYY’s Friday Arts program, along with Campus Exhibitions Coordinator Matthew Seamus Callinan. Check out a preview and tune in to WHYY TV 12 at 8:30 p.m. TONIGHT. Meanwhile, learn more about the Dufala Brothers’ Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery exhibit PROBLEMY here; and, check out these crazy time-lapse videos created as part of their residency at Haverford, courtesy of the Center’s Visual Studies Postdoctoral Fellow John...

“The Marriage of True Minds” Now Streaming @ Pitchfork.com

The new Matmos record “The Marriage of True Minds” is now streaming on Pitchfork.com; psychic material for the album was recorded as part of a Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies project with Haverford Professor of English Gustavus Stadler… Haverford folks may notice a few familiar faces/places if they scroll through the images on Pitchfork… Watch footage from Matmos’s psychic sessions and collaborative performance with Haverford students, staff, and faculty here: Read more about the residency here. And, the rest of Matmos’s performance at...

“Sound as a Ghost” – Interview with Christine Sun Kim

Missed the opening reception for What Can a Body Do? or had trouble seeing around the 9 million people jammed into the gallery for Christine Sun Kim’s performance? Watch this video interview with the Mellon Tri-College Artist-in-Residence and see her create one of her speaker drawings at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Thanks to Shawn Kornhauser for his filming and editing work. What Can a Body Do? closes...