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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Civic Life Lunch - Monuments & Movements: The Art of Protest

Tuesday, March 26 | 12 PM | Rabb Room, Tisch College

The struggle over how to document United States history honestly and equitably is far from new, but it has taken center stage in recent years with debates about Confederate monuments and buildings named after slave-owners. Like other cities across the nation, Boston has grappled with these difficult questions. Enter Steve Locke, a Boston Artist-in-Residence, who last summer proposed permanent public artwork that tackles the origins of Faneuil Hall and its namesake’s profit from the slave trade. Locke’s proposal—and his work as an artist—has sparked debate over how to come to terms with the city’s complicated history, and how art can be a medium of advocacy, education, and protest. 

Steve Locke is a Boston-based artist, raised in Detroit. He has been artist-in-residence for the City of Boston and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where his installation devoted to the death of Freddie Gray, “Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray),” was just on view. Locke is a Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, from where he holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.

This event is sponsored by Tisch College, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Office of the Provost, Tufts University Art Gallery, the SMFA, the Africana Center, the Art & Art History Department, and the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Lunch is provided.

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