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University Art Museum Presents: American Monument

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

by lauren woods
Launch Reception: Sunday, September 16, 2018
4 – 6 pm
You are cordially invited to the launch reception for American MONUMENT, a new artwork by lauren woods, on Sunday, September 16.

The reception is free and open to the public, with RSVP.
Parking is available in CSULB Parking Structure

From September 16 through December 9, 2018, artist lauren woods is actively transforming the University Art Museum (UAM) into a monument that prompts consideration of the cultural circumstances under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police brutality. The new-media monument is conceived to be nomadic and continually expanding, with the UAM serving as its launch site and steward. The artwork provides a vehicle by which to analyze the complex relationship between constructed race, material violence and structural power.

In recent years, evidence of police violence has reached a new level of exposure, allowing more public access to formal investigations of police brutality.  Examining cases in which a police officer killed a black civilian, woods focuses on language used in justifying the fatal incidents. She identifies dominant cultural narratives that appear in mass media and filter into law enforcement and the justice system. The artwork provides space to ponder how the law is created, interpreted, enacted, and perpetuated.

American MONUMENT is an interactive sound installation that utilizes sources from open records requests that include police reports, court transcripts, and witness testimonies; as well as audio files captured by bystanders. Visitors are invited to pick up the needle on any turntable, put it on a record, and activate the sound sculpture.

We invite the public and the CSULB community to take part in the co-creation of this iteration of the monument by participating in the public programs occurring during American MONUMENT’s residence at the UAM.

American MONUMENT is organized by UAM Director Kimberli Meyer


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