Philadelphia, PA (remote)
Kristen Giannantonio, Chief Operating Officer
Description of Project Role and Responsibilities
Interns will work to support Monument Lab’s on-going art and research projects. This will include public art and history exhibitions that build prototype monuments to demonstrate exploratory approaches to public art and history; participatory research projects that intervene into official platforms for civic knowledge and municipal datastreams; and workshops for series for public art officials in order to organize memory workers, increase capacity for municipal art officers, and shape platforms for public discourse and critical calls to action. Interns may also have the opportunity to contribute to and explore our podcast, bulletin, and programming events.
Interns will conduct their own monument-related research, and attend weekly meetings with Monument Lab staff to discuss their progress and familiarize themselves with broader lab operations. Monument Lab expects that each candidate will bring to the organization a host of skills drawn from their scholarly training, including a strong research and writing background, creativity, civic engagement, and specific forms of field-based knowledge and expertise.
Time Commitment and Stipend
Start date: May 4, 2021
End date: August 20, 2021
Hours per week: 10 hours per week
Duration: 15 weeks
About the Organization
Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Monument Lab works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum in 2012, Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments.
As a studio and curatorial team, we collaborate to make generational change in the ways art and history live in public. Our approaches include producing citywide art exhibitions, site-specific commissions, and participatory research initiatives. We aim to inform the processes of public art, as well as the permanent collections of cities, museums, libraries, and open data repositories. Through exhibitions, research programs, editorial platforms, and fellowships, we have connected with hundreds of thousands of people in-person and millions online. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope.