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Monuments, Memorials, Markers: In the Museum and the Community
November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In the midst of an international conversation on monuments, this panel discussion will focus on local initiatives by Celebrating the African Spirit (CAS), a community organization whose mission is to honor the contributions of enslaved Africans and their descendants to the building and growth of the City of Poughkeepsie. CAS is working to establish historical markers and memorials, and it sponsors artistic, educational, and health and social wellness programs. The panel will also highlight the new statue of Sojourner Truth adjacent to the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Speakers include CAS co-founders Kalimah Karim, Carmen McGill, and Vassar professor Katherine Hite; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center curator Mary-Kay Lombino; and special guest artist Vinnie Bagwell, sculptor of the Sojourner Truth monument, who will discuss that project and reflect on her work creating other public art commissions that foreground African American history.
This conversation is co-sponsored by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, and Celebrating the African Spirit. It is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Monumental Misrememberings: Photographs and Statues of Contested Histories, on view at the Loeb through January 10, 2021. See fllac.vassar.edu for details.
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