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In Memoriam: Monuments Past, Present, Fallen and Future

Taught by Professor Joseph Smolinski

  • 3 credit hours
  • COLL 350
  • Students receive ART DEPARTMENT credit for this course

The W&M Washington Center is excited to welcome Professor Joe Smolinski from the University of New Haven who will be leading the In Memoriam: Monuments Past, Present, Fallen and Future 2024 Winter Seminar during Session II! 

In Memoriam: Monuments Past, Present, Fallen and Future is a theory and practice course that examines monuments through a contemporary framework. Students will begin their research with tours of monuments and public art in Washington DC and meet with curators from leading museums to discuss existing works. Further research will explore organizations like Monument Lab and All Monuments Must Fall that archive the numerous monuments that have been removed in recent history. Finally, students will meet with local contemporary artists that engage in public art and social practice to formulate ideas about future monuments. Out of this research students will work in groups to develop proposals, renderings and models for a future monument or memorial that considers accessibility, equity and longevity. The course will culminate in a public presentation of student proposals.  

 {{youtube:medium:center|wLRkcXA_RmI, Hear Professor Smolinski discuss his awesome D.C. Winter Seminar course}}