Over the last several years the Chazen has developed a reputation for activating innovative new approaches to its collection, exhibition programming and outreach. One of the key elements of this approach is to partner with contemporary artists to better illuminate and understand, in new context, historical works in its collection and to address issues of equity and justice. This project will be the most significant realization of this approach to date.
“We’re in a moment when Confederate monuments are getting torn down and put in storage or taken down or vandalized and I don’t necessarily have the answer for what is supposed to happen with all those monuments,” Biggers says. “But through this project, I want to work with the university and the faculty and with MASK Consortium to find other options and ways of dealing with that problematic history – problematic objects – so that we don’t forget the past but learn to grow from it.”