American Monument Opening Reception

Oct 5, 2019 / 2:00–5:00 pm
UC Irvine / Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology

On October 5, the Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology will hold a public reception for the debut of lauren woods‘ “American Monument.” 

“American Monument” prompts consideration of the cultural circumstances under which African-Americans lose their lives to police brutality. A participatory inter-media monument, it is conceived as nomadic and continually expanding, moving across the country year-to-year, “unveiled” at universities, museums, storefronts, community centers, and churches. The Beall Center installation will be the first full iteration of the project. The artwork provides a vehicle for analyzing the complex relationship between constructed race, material violence, structural power, and monumentality itself. 

In addition to the exhibition, the Beall Center has welcome project co-leaders artist lauren woods and curator/cultural producer Kimberli Meyer as researchers in residence as part of its Black Box Project. The residency has connected them with leader thinkers across disciplines at UCI, including Law, African-American studies, Social Ecology, Art, and Art History. Additional collaborators include Carol Zou and Sara Daleiden. 

If you’re not able to make the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display from October 5, 2019 through February 8, 2020, Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm at the Beall Center for Art + Technology. 

The exhibition is supported by UCHRI’s Engaging Humanities grant, as well as funding from the Beall Family Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

Photo: Jason Meintjes, Courtesy lauren woods and University Art Museum, CSULB.