Date & Time
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Romi Crawford discusses "Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect" with contributors.
In partnership with the University of Minnesota Press, the Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University, and the Green Lantern Press, the Seminary Co-op celebrates the launch of "Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect." Edited by Romi Crawford, this publication collects over thirty artistic responses to the Wall of Respect, a work of public art created in 1967 at the corner of Forty-third Street and Langley Avenue on Chicago’s South Side. The Wall depicted Black leaders in music, art, literature, politics, theater, and sports. It sparked a nationwide mural movement, provided a platform for community engagement, and was a foundational work of the Black Arts Movement. There is no longer any physical indication of its existence, but it still needs to be remembered. Romi Crawford proposes the concept of “fleeting monuments,” asking a range of artists and writers to realize antiheroic, non-static, and impermanent strategies for commemoration.
"Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect" contributors include: Miguel Aguilar, Abdul Akalimat and the Amus Mor Project, Wisdom Baty, Lauren Berlant, Mark Blanchard, Bethany Collins, Darryl Cowherd, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, Julio Finn, Maria Gaspar, Theaster Gates, Wills Glasspiegel, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, Stephanie Koch, Kelly Lloyd, Damon Locks, Haki Madhubuti, Faheem Majeed, Nicole Mitchell Gantt, Naeem Mohaiemen, K. Kofi Moyo, Robert E. Paige, Kamau Patton, Jefferson Pinder, Cauleen Smith, Rohan Ayinde, solYchaski, Norman Teague, Jan Tichy, Visiting Val Gray Ward, Mechtild Widrich, and Bernard Williams.
About the Editor: Romi Crawford is a professor in the Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is coeditor of "The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago."
This project is partially supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art through the foundation’s initiative Art Design Chicago. Additional support comes from the Field Foundation of Illinois and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.