September 21 — Making The Memory Sacred panel at NYU A/P/A Institute

Excerpts from the Making The Memory Sacred — Art Human Rights and Community panel that took place at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute during the Asian American Arts Alliance Locating the Sacred Festival on September 21, 2012.

How can public art, activism, and design projects preserve hidden histories and unspoken politics? Drawing from contributions from artists, scholars, architects, and activists to the “Making the Memory Sacred” blog, this discussion sought to locate the sacred at the intersection of art, public space, and memorialization as exemplified by projects from around the world.

Featuring Robert T. Hayashi (Amherst College, author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West), Marita Sturken (NYU, author of Tourists of History: Memory, Consumerism, and Kitsch in American Culture), Hiroshi Sunairi (artist and filmmaker), and Steve Zeitlin (Founding Director, City Lore). Catherine Behrend (the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU, and former Deputy Director of Percent for Art, Department of Cultural Affairs) moderated.

Participants are asked to dialogue about the thematics explored by this panel!

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