Moore Monuments: Recent MFA Projects
Saturday, January 20th '18 – Saturday, March 17th '18
The Galleries at Moore
Throughout the fall of 2017, Moore’s MFA students were exposed to a range of conversations, readings and projects that examine the role of monuments today. Our partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia led to an ongoing engagement with their Monument Lab initiative and the discussions extended into the classroom with the help of faculty members Jennie Shanker and Shira Walinsky. Students from Moore and MICA participated in 24 Hour Monument, a guided tour and design charette around the city-wide exhibition. These conversations have included reflections on monuments that were controversial from inception as well as others that only became so with the critical distance of time. A monument's site also becomes a crucial factor in considering its relevance—these two themes of time and place are integral to socially-engaged art practices. Three graduate students at Moore (Sara Berg, Steven Mogck and Huewayne Watson) have been investigating these questions in their own work and applied their experiences to reflect on their location here and the school’s position across time.