The role of public art in communities and collective memory
featuring Christy S Coleman, Kilolo Luckett, and Kirk Savage
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Three interdisciplinary leaders with diverse perspectives share their experiences at the intersection of public art, history, and arts management to address the current reexamination of who we memorialize and why.
Christy S. Coleman
With a career spanning over 30 years, Christy S. Coleman has served as the Chief Executive Officer of some of the nation’s most prominent museums. She’s a tireless advocate for the power of museums, narrative correction, diversity and inclusiveness. Ms. Coleman is an innovator and leader in the museum field having held leadership roles at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the American Civil War Museum and now the Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Kilolo Luckett is a Pittsburgh-based art historian and curator. Luckett is founding executive director and chief curator of ALMA|LEWIS (named after abstract artists Alma Thomas and Norman Lewis), an experimental, contemporary art platform for critical thinking, dialogue, and creative expression dedicated to Black culture. She recently served as an Art Commissioner for the City of Pittsburgh’s Art Commission for twelve years. Luckett is currently writing an authorized biography on Naomi Sims, one of the first Black supermodels.
For over 30 years, KS has written about public monuments and public art as they intersect with issues of loss, trauma, deindustrialization, militarism, and racial justice. Because monuments are a microcosm of the world their makers hope to create or preserve, every research project necessarily involves social, political, and ethical dimensions. With much of the world now finally turning its attention to the legacies of white supremacy built into the memorial landscape, Kirk has been working more intensively with artists, activists, and organizations such as Monument Lab that are looking for new ways forward.
Supported by the Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
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