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Spring 2021

Film as Monument transforms the architecture of the Lunder Arts Center into an illuminated lantern, activating the transparent portals of the university building with artworks produced in community. Traditional monuments, including the physical structures of art museums and universities, are meant to stimulate and structure collective remembrance of events, individuals, or ideas in particular ways.

Intended to withstand change, these touchstones for meaning- and memory-making are not always open or accessible to their publics. This temporary intervention, consisting of projected experimental film, digital flatscreens, and hand-painted celluloid artworks, activates the Lunder Arts Center to invite passersby to witness the creative vitality of our communities. The exhibition features artwork from the Film as Installation course, taught by Assistant Professor Ingrid Stobbe, as well as high school students from the West End House Boys and Girls Club, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and more, who have participated in a series of workshops exploring the materiality and structure of film led by exhibiting artist and experimental filmmaker Gabby Sumney.

This exhibition is a striking collaboration at Lesley Art + Design between Digital Filmmaking, Exhibitions, and LA+D Community Engagement. Presented in partnership with Women in Film & Video New England and the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance. Funding is provided through the Ralph Bradley Prize, awarded in Spring 2020.

Video filmed and edited by Hogan Seidel, and Curatorial Statement by Juan Omar Rodriguez of the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance (BLAA).

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