Addressing the Statue: Museums, Monuments, & Race

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

What is the meaning of a statue? What do our monuments celebrate, and how do we confront the legacies of racial injustice that are propagated by public art? This session explores how the American Museum of Natural History addressed the controversial equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt accompanied by a Native man and an African man that sits on its front steps (and is now slated for removal) through conversations, film, and an exhibition. The Museum’s approaches to rethinking cultural representation serve as a springboard to discuss how cultural institutions and communities are reevaluating public monuments across the country.

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Bella Desai

American Museum of Natural History

Lauri Halderman

American Museum of Natural History

Monique Scott

Bryn Mawr College

Mabel O Wilson

Columbia University

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