Monuments First Look
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Monuments First Look
Strathmore is thrilled to welcome you back for an invitation-only opening night of Monuments: Creative Forces, a campus-wide outdoor art installation by Australian artist Craig Walsh. The exhibition features moving, dimensional video portraits of artists whose work and artistic endeavors are changing the shape of our community in profound ways. Expansive video portraits of these creative heroes, chosen by a diverse panel of community and arts leaders, are projected on to towering trees, transforming them into animated sculptural monuments.
Monuments redefines traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our civic spaces. At a time when our nation questions the efficacy of effigy, we’re creating a space for the community to further explore the conversation around monuments and their meaning. The exhibition challenges the traditional concept of monuments to celebrate living, contributing, members of our community.
Monuments is particularly resonant today as Strathmore’s campus becomes a space for safe connection between community and the art that shapes it. “We’re thrilled to be able to honor and celebrate the way these artists are impacting the community,” shares our Artistic Director Joi Brown, “the exhibition allows Strathmore to leverage our entire campus to create a comfortable and socially distant environment for the community to engage with and enjoy the arts during the ongoing pandemic.”
A representational and diverse panel of community and arts leaders focused on work in our region convened to review and select these monumental people to recognize. The panel evaluated the artists, rating them on criteria including how the artist speaks truth to power through their creative work, do they create unity in places of division, and is there something about the artists’ presence or activity in the community that feels “seismic” or “earth-shaking.”
About Craig Walsh
Monuments is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Craig Walsh. Known for his pioneering works, including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites, Walsh’s site-responsive works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers, and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural spaces. Walsh’s work is distinctive for its conceptual underpinnings and deftly woven narrative.
If you can’t join us for the First Look, please join us for another evening this month.
Plan Your Visit
|Prime time slots will fill up fast! Free tickets are available Sunday—Thursday, please pay what you can to support this activity and the arts in your community.|
|Allow approximately 1 hour to enjoy the exhibition.|
|Parking in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage is $5.20 during the week and free on weekends. Strathmore is also accessible via Metro's Red Line, Grosvenor-Strathmore station.|
|||Face Coverings are required for all ages 6 and up and recommended for children ages 2—5.|
|This event is rain or shine.|
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