Talk: Reimagining Monuments


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Chris Pappan (Kanza/Osage, Lakota) Scouts Honor (detail), 2019-20 Five parts, each: 20 × 27 in. (50.8 × 68.58 cm) Ballpoint pen and china marker on vintage boy scout neckerchief
Courtesy of the artist
Max Guy, still from No Reason, 2020. Single channel video, 10 minutes. Courtesy of the artist
Tonika Lewis Johnson, image from Folded Map Project website. Works shown: Tonika Lewis Johnson, Folded Map (Jon & Paula, 6400 N Hermitage Residents) and Folded Map (Maurice, 5400 S Hermitage Resident), both 2017-18
Image courtesy of the artist

About this event

On the opening weekend of The Long Dream, join exhibition artists Tonika Lewis Johnson, Max Guy, and Chris Pappan (Kanza/Osage, Lakota) for a discussion moderated by cultural activist and Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum, Dr. Lisa Yun Lee.

This discussion reckons with the ongoing efforts to topple colonial monuments—and to upend the social structures that undergird them. Artists will speak about their respective works featured in The Long Dream and illuminate connections amongst colonial monuments and cultural practices, conceptions of both territory and public space, and institutional critiques in Chicago and beyond.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This presentation is organized by Iris Colburn, Curatorial Assistant, and Cameron McEwen, Coordinator, with The Long Dream Public Programs team.

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Tonika Lewis Johnson
Image courtesy of the artist

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Chris Pappan
Photo: Tran Tran

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Max Guy, 2020
Photo: Shir Ende


This program has been made possible by the generous contributors to the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chairman of the MCA Board of Trustees.