Nov 9th 2019

From Confederate statues of fallen “heroes” to holidays honoring colonial explorers, historic memorials are increasingly under public scrutiny in the United States. This panel, held in conjunction with the exhibition Remember Where You Are, explores the intersections of art, placemaking, identity, and social justice in the reconsideration of historic narratives and construction of new monuments. Benjamin Johnson, Associate Professor in History at Loyola University Chicago, will present his research and work with the Refusing to Forget Project, an educational initiative to increase public awareness of thousands of lynchings of Mexicans along the Texas and Mexico border from 1910–20. Joey Mogul, co-founder of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law, will address the forthcoming construction of a monument to victims of police torture. Ross Jordan will discuss political and activist legacies in exhibitions and his work as Curatorial Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. The panel will be moderated by Mia Lopez, DePaul Art Museum Assistant Curator.

Prior to the panel, join artist Emilio Rojas in the gallery at 2pm for a performance that will activate his work on view in Remember Where You Are. Rojas uses his body as a political tool in performances to address legacies of colonialism and oppression across history and geography.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, DePaul Department of Art, Media, and Design, and DePaul Department of History of Art and Architecture.

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