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Artist lauren woods has paused her work, American Monument, at the California State University Long Beach’s University Art Museum after the museum director who collaborated with her was fired. As woods explains,
It’s paused. Not pulled…It’s paused because I am calling for true partnership. I want to offer the university the chance to engage in a restorative process and demonstrate their commitment to the work of antiracism, an impulse that is evident by the choice to hire Kimberli Meyer, who declared upfront that this was the mission and vision for her tenure.
The work is not an exhibition or something to look at; it’s an immersive, iterative experience that is meant to evolve in collaboration with the audience as a product of conversations and events that happen within and without it, connected to the subject matter of police brutality against communities of color. The centerpiece involves 25 record players emitting “audio ephemera” from incidents in which Black people have been killed by the police...