October 16, 2015

A conversation about the Gramsci Monument—a living sculpture

University of Chicago Arts
Courtesy University of Chicago.

Free and open to the public

Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn and MoMA curator Yasmil Raymond discuss their work together on the acclaimed Gramsci Monument, a tribute to philosopher Antonio Gramsci. The Gramsci Monument, a summer-long installation commissioned by Dia Art Foundation in 2013, was built by housing residents in the courtyard of Forest Houses projects in the South Bronx, New York City. The “living sculpture” took the form of a sprawling outdoor structure, made up of a number of rooms or pavilions collaged together out of everyday materials such as tinfoil, cardboard, plywood, blue tarps, and packing tape. Over the course of the installation, the living sculpture offered the community a daily program of lectures by international renowned artists, philosophers, curators, critics; children’s workshops; poetry performances; and an onsite radio station—all documented in a daily newspaper. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by University of Chicago’s Bill Brown, Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture and Deputy Provost for the Arts.

*Limited seating available; doors open at 6:45pm.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations in order to participate in this even should contact Julie Marie Lemon at [email protected].


Presented by the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative and the Department of Visual Arts.
Sponsored by the University of Chicago Arts Council, Critical Inquiry, the Franke Institute for Humanities, and the Swiss Embassy.


Thomas Hirschhorn & Yasmil Raymond, a conversation about the Gramsci Monument at University of Chicago

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