“American Monument” is an artwork by lauren woods that 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 welcomed 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 leading thinkers across disciplines at UCI, including Law, African-American Studies, Social Ecology, Art, and Art History. Additional collaborators include Carol Zou and Sara Daleiden.
Free reception, open to the public
October 5, 2019 | 2-5 p.m.
October 5, 2019 to February 8, 2020
Monday – Saturday | 12-6 p.m.
Holiday Closures: Nov. 11; Nov. 28 – 29; Dec. 15 – Jan. 5; Jan. 20