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lauren woods: American MONUMENT

September 17  December 9, 2018 
American MONUMENT is currently paused, at the discretion of the artist.
Visitors are welcome to join us in conversation in the space. 

From September 16 through December 9, 2018, artist lauren woods is actively transforming the University Art Museum (UAM) into a monument that prompts consideration of the cultural circumstances under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police brutality. The new-media monument is conceived to be nomadic and continually expanding, with the UAM serving as its launch site and steward. The artwork provides a vehicle by which to analyze the complex relationship between constructed race, material violence and structural power.

In recent years, evidence of police violence has reached a new level of exposure, allowing more public access to formal investigations of police brutality.  Examining cases in which a police officer killed a black civilian, woods focuses on language used in justifying the fatal incidents. She identifies dominant cultural narratives that appear in mass media and filter into law enforcement and the justice system. The artwork provides space to ponder how the law is created, interpreted, enacted, and perpetuated.

Monument is an interactive sound installation that utilizes sources from open records requests that include police reports, court transcripts, and witness testimonies; as well as audio files captured by bystanders. Visitors are invited to pick up the needle on any turntable, put it on a record, and activate the sound sculpture.

We invite the public and the CSULB community to take part in the co-creation of this iteration of the monument by participating in the public programs occurring during Monument’s residence here at the UAM.

More information on American MONUMENT.

More information on lauren woods's monument projects, please view her Facebook project page.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Call and Response, When We Say... You Say

January 28 – April 14, 2019 

Call and Response, When We Say… You Say is a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on selective works from UAM’s permanent collection guest curated by Slanguage Studio founders Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr. The exhibition will ask Slanguage artists and other community art organizations to respond to these pieces. The intent of this exhibition is to find intersections, value and resonance with the collection of artwork with new generations of audiences and the student population. The meaning of the exhibition title, Call and Response…, is inspired by this act in many cultures such as in tribal and indigenous, traditional religious, cultural rituals or in most contemporary practice in music genres such as Hip Hop. The act of call and response most importantly asks for an active participatory engagement of both the “caller” and “the responder” and it renders a democratic forum for discussion and civic engagement. It also creates an individualistic but also collective language of communication. The curatorial drive for the exhibition has been to select works that engages the six pedagogical points that Slanguage has developed in their organization: Intent, content, context, production, distribution and documentation and that is uses diverse use of genres.