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American MONUMENT Launch Reception

September 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of American MONUMENT by lauren woods on Sunday, September 16, from 4 -6 pm. Witness the unveiling of this timely project in its inaugural venue. Experience the interactive sound installation in the presence of the artist, special guests, and museum patrons.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.
Parking is available in CSULB Parking Structure 1.

The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) presents lauren woods: Monument, an exhibition that transforms the museum into a monument which examines the cultural conditions under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police violence. The work offers opportunities for valuable conversations and analyzes the complex relationship between the social construction of race, police violence, and systemic power.

lauren woods: American MONUMENT is on view from September 17 to December 9, 2018.

The exhibition is organized by UAM Director Kimberli Meyer.

Artist Statement
Artist lauren woods states:
“The issue of police violence is a societal problem that festers because it is rooted in culture that we collectively produce and maintain. While those of us who have not suffered the brutal deprivation of a loved one cannot intimately know the pain and impact of these abusive acts, each individual family’s loss is a shared loss, indicative of systemic oppression, that we all need to be accountable for. This monument serves to contemplate and critically engage the systemic violence that we help to maintain, not specific victims or localized instances. My hope is that people will use it as a tool to help clarify where and how they can personally work to help end the problem.”

About artist lauren woods
lauren woods is a conceptual artist based in Dallas, TX whose hybrid media projects—film, video and sound installations, public interventions, and site-specific work—engage history as a lens by which to view the socio-politics of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities. She also explores how traditional monument-making can be translated into new contemporary models of commemoration with new media.

Monument is made possible in part by the generous support of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the CSULB Museum Studies Program, the CSULB Instructionally Related Activities Fund, the Associated Students Inc., the Ware Endowment, the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Endowment, and the Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibition and Education Programs. Special thanks to the Grand Central Art Center, Martin Brenner, Sara Daleiden, and Shelleen Greene. UAM staff members, interns, and Museum Studies students assisted with exhibition research.


September 16, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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