Artists and scholars from across the country will join leaders from Indianapolis’s arts and culture sector in an interdisciplinary day-long symposium dedicated to exploring the complex relationships among art, race, and civic space. Participants will begin by reflecting on artist Fred Wilson’s E Pluribus Unum, a public art commission for the Indianapolis Culture Trail that was cancelled in 2011 due to controversy surrounding Wilson’s appropriation of a freed slave figure from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Building on the ideas about race, class, visual culture, and democratic debate that emerge from the Indianapolis project, presenters will also address related historical and contemporary examples from other parts of the United States. In order to encourage public dialogue about art, race, and space, the symposium will provide an opportunity for audience members and presenters to engage in conversations about these matters throughout the day. Presenters include internationally-recognized artist Fred Wilson as well as leading experts in public art, race, and civic identity in the United States including Renée Ater (University of Maryland), Amos Brown (Radio One, Indianapolis), Bridget Cooks (UC Irvine), Erika Doss (University of Notre Dame), Linda Duke (Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University), Paul Mullins (IUPUI), Richard Pierce (University of Notre Dame), Mindy Taylor Ross (Art Strategies, Indianapolis), and Dell Upton (UCLA). The symposium is free and open to the public
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