Virtual Talk: Monuments and Memory: Deconstructing Power in Antiquity and the Contemporary

Scholar panel now available on YouTube

Join the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD) and the Dallas Museum of Art for two panels of scholars and artists who deconstruct the power of monuments—both traditional and impermanent—using examples from contemporary art and both museums’ collections. 

People encounter monuments in many public spheres, but how do they actively shape our lives? This question and others involving the use of monumental architecture, how monuments and sculpture asserted power in ancient times, and monuments as a device to extend power are the focus of this fascinating discussion. Join Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator of Ancient Mediterranean Art at the Walters Art Museum; Michelle Rich, The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art; Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and Tsione Wolde-Michael, Curator of African American Social Justice History at the National Museum of American History, as they explore these topics.


These lectures are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation and the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology. Thursday Nights at the Walters are supported by BGE.

Images: (left) Wall panel depicting Ix K'an Bolon ("Lady Yellow Nine") in ritual dress (detail), Maya, Pomoná, Sothern Maya lowlands, Tabasco, Mexico, 790 CE, limestone, stucco, and paint, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Clark, 1968.39.FA; (right) Relief with winged genius (apkallu), Assyrian, Iraq, 883–859 BCE, gypsum alabaster, Walters Art Museum, Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923, 21.8