Accelerator Series: Memory and Monuments: (Re-)Claiming Public Space

Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier, artist and Director of Exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dan Borelli, artist Titus Kaphar, and artist Karyn Olivier, Accelerator Series: Memory and Monuments, Tang Teaching Museum, February 26, 2018

On Monday, February 26, at 6:00 pm, join Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier as she moderates a discussion about memory, monuments, and public spaces with artist and Director of Exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dan Borelli, painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, and sculptor and installation artist Karyn Olivier.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Dan Borelli is an artist and Director of Exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2010, as part of his Master studies at the GSD, he started an art-based research inquiry into the Nyanza Superfund Site in his hometown, Ashland, Massachusetts. His project makes public hidden narratives of cancer clusters, human loss, activism, and ultimately regeneration. With the support of Harvard Innovation Learning Technology, ArtPlace America and NEA Our Town grants, he created an exhibition at the town’s public library that housed the EPA’s field repository on the site, a streetlighting intervention to illuminate the groundwater contamination below the town today, and a permanent public space, The Ashland Memorial Healing Garden.

Titus Kaphar is an artist whose work interacts with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums through painting and sculpture, and then altering the work in a nod to hidden narratives and unspoken truths about the nature of history. Kaphar received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and received the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at Savannah College of Art and Design, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Seattle Art Museum. His work is included in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has been awarded the 2015 Creative Capital Fellowship and the 2016 Artist as Activist Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship. Kaphar was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

Karyn Olivier is a sculptor and installation artist. In 2017, Olivier installed a large-scale commissioned work for Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program in historic Vernon Park. In 2015 Olivier created public works for Creative Time in Central Park and NYC’s Percent for Art program. Her work has been exhibited at the Gwangju and Busan Biennials, World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.S.1, among others. She is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the William H. Johnson Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, a Creative Capital Foundation grant and a Harpo Foundation grant. Olivier was born in Trinidad and Tobago, earned her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA at Dartmouth College, and is an associate professor and program head of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.

About the Accelerator Series

The Accelerator Series is the Tang Teaching Museum’s dynamic conversation series on big ideas and big issues that seeks to find new entry points into discussions that veer from traditional paths. As an open and inclusive public forum for dialogue, exchange and questioning, the Accelerator Series ignites a collective sense of intellectual curiosity and fosters thoughtful engagement with a deeper understanding of compelling issues that have the potential to spark radical transformations.

The series features key cultural influencers from the arts and culture sector as well as academia, entertainment, government, journalism, media, politics and beyond, who present new perspectives and disrupt the status quo by encouraging a “getting comfortable with discomfort” attitude in order to think and work through big ideas to drive change.

The Accelerator Series is supported by Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum, a project of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ‘80.

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