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Thursday, August 22, 10am – 4pm


Paul Ramírez Jonas. Beyond Granite: Pulling Together, Let Freedom Ring, 2023. Photo by Steve Weinik

$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

Taught by Monument Lab director and cofounder Paul Farber, this workshop looks at the history of public monuments and their role in shaping cultural memory. From Philadelphia’s public spaces to the National Mall and other sites across the country, we will explore how artists and local changemakers collectively transform how monuments are created, interpreted, and experienced. Through activities and discussions, we'll examine the ways monuments can animate democracy and foster generational change.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

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Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Paul Farber

Farber is the director and cofounder of Monument Lab and has published several books, including A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall, Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, and The National Monument Audit. He hosts The Statue, a podcast from WHYY and NPR; serves as a senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space at the University of Pennsylvania; and holds a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. Photograph by Carina Romano

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