procession of people dressed historical clothing, marching through an industrial landscape.
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Exhibition Program

Keithley Symposium: Monuments and Memory


Various Speakers 

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Thursday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 
Gartner Auditorium and Ames Family Atrium

Who decides what is publicly memorialized?   

What happens when our collective thinking about that person, event, or issue changes? How do we “undo” a past memorialization and decide what may come in its place? What happens when the physical existence of a place or event is lost? How can we make visible these hidden or unspoken histories?  

Through a series of talks, panel discussions, gallery conversations, and interactive experiences, learn how artists in Cleveland and elsewhere have transformed the monumental topography of the United States and share your own thoughts on what should be remembered in your community.  

Session 1: Monuments and Memory 

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Gartner Auditorium, The Cleveland Museum of Art 

10:00—Welcome, William M. Griswold, Director and President, The Cleveland Museum of Art 

10:05—Renée Ater, “Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past” 

10:30—Panel 1: “Undoing and Remaking Collective Memory.” Renée Ater (moderator), Michelle Browder, and M. Carmen Lane  

11:30—Panel 2: “Cleveland: From Site to Community.” David Wilson (moderator), Mordecai Cargill, and Kat Burdine 

12:30—Introduction to “Monuments to Cleveland: Reimagined Futures,” Key Jo Lee 

Lunch Break

1:00–2:00 p.m. 

Session 2: Monuments to Cleveland: Reimagined Futures 

2:00–3:30 p.m., Ames Family Atrium 
CMA invited two Cleveland-based artists who participated in the 2021 Keithley Symposium roundtables to create model monuments to Cleveland. 

kasumi, Surfacing
Surfacing uses the female body to foreground the connections between humans and the environment, drawing on Cleveland’s history of water shipping. 

Gwendolyn Garth, The Isms Eradicator
Cleveland has a history of innovation, including superheroes. The Isms Eradicator celebrates the liberating power of human strength. 

Come and talk to the artists about their installations. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas for monuments in Cleveland at the visitor response station! 

2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Ames Family Atrium
Gallery conversations on the theme of monument and memory led by students in the CMA/CWRU joint program in art history 

Cohosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) through their joint program in art history, the Keithley Symposium is a biennial event that brings together artists, scholars, thought leaders, and community members to explore the role of visual arts in contemporary society.   

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, and Eva and Rudolf Linnebach. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Giant Eagle Foundation, and Roy Smith.