May 20 – October 8, 2018
In our current cultural climate, we have witnessed renewed public interest in public commemorations as citizens question the relevance and symbolism of public monuments, buildings, and honors. The building and installation of a public monument is, by definition, an act that seeks to define cultural values and norms and seeks to create a uniform view and interpretation of history and events among our citizens.
What is the purpose of public commemoration? Whose history do public monuments celebrate? Whose history is omitted? In Commemorations, we invited nine artists to explore these questions through their artworks. Some pieces pay tribute to a fellow human being, an idea, or an event. Others invite visitors to create and contribute their own stories. All of the works in the exhibition ultimately strive to engender dialogue about the purpose of public commemorations.
Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrates American culture and inspires people of all ages to explore, discover and learn together. Storytelling is an important part of our work, as we help visitors make sense of the changing currents in American culture and how they link to what has come before.
Ashley Briggs, You Are a Hero!, Marion, MA
Audrey Banks, Pipe Dream, Boston, MA, www.audreybanks.com
Brendan Stecchini, Transmissions, Belchertown, MA
Christopher Frost, Naturae, Somerville, MA, christopherfrost.org
Lisa Link, Made in the USA, West Roxbury, MA, @lisalinkfoto (instagram)
Mary-Ann Agresti, PEDESTAL, Hyannis, MA, thedesigni.com
Melanie Zibit, Arctic Ice, Shirley, MA, www.melaniezibit.com
Ngoc-Tran Vu, Made Elsewhere, Dorchester, MA, www.ngoctranvu.com
Paul Angiolillo, The Mighty Pen, Watertown, MA, www.paulangiolillo.com