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September 13, 2017 to November 20, 2017

Monument Lab

Monument Lab

@ the Art Alliance, Rittenhouse Square
Featuring Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg


Monument Lab, a citywide public art and history exhibition produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia, takes place across the five squares and in five neighborhood parks throughout the City.The PAA will feature two artists, Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg, that were selected to work in Rittenhouse Square. In the galleries at the Art Alliance, the artists reveal singular insights into their projects, share additional artifacts and documentation from their engaged research, and open windows onto their creative processes and monumental thinking.

The Built/Unbuilt Square by Alexander Rosenberg offers an augmented reality and site-specific journey into Rittenhouse Square’s historical landscape. Passersby are invited to look into the past of the square through a pair of viewfinders each facing inward at the park. Within the scope of each viewfinder, the park is layered with embedded archival images of historical gatherings, renderings of constructed and proposed structures from the past, and animations of the square’s vitality and mythos.

If They Should Ask by Sharon Hayes is a temporary monument located in Rittenhouse Square that addresses the absence of monuments to women in the city of Philadelphia. The project proposes that the persistent and aggressive exclusion of women from this form of public recognition perpetuates historical misunderstandings and reproduces inequality in the City’s economic, social, political and cultural spheres.

Tags: architecture, design, glass, installation, performance