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On Public Monuments: Contemporary Art and Social Protest in Chile

Thu, Dec 1, 2022    6:30pm

On Public Monuments: Contemporary Art and Social Protest in Chile

Monuments have been at the center of Chile’s social upheaval, and instrumental in the national conversation that led to the recent Constitutional Convention. Join us to mark the US release of “Sobre Monumentos Publicos.” Five of the book’s authors will explore the recent Chilean debate surrounding public monuments.


Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean artist, poet and filmmaker. She recently was awarded the Golden Lion at the 59th International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Luis Montes is an academic, an artist and a restorer of urban monuments. His recent exhibition in the National Museum of Arts of Chile explored the critical place public monuments play in Chilean society.

Emilio De la Cerda is an architect and Professor at the Universidad Católica de Santiago. He is the former Vice Minister of Heritage and President of the National Council of Monuments.

Michele Bogart is the Professor Emerita of History at Stony Brook University. She is a specialist in public art, memorials and their role in collective memory.

Jorge Otero-Pailos is an artist, architect and preservationist. He is a professor and the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at GSAPP.

Co-organized by the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia GSAPP as part of the Preservation Lecture Series, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago and the Institute of Latin American Studies.

The event is free and open to the Public. Registration is required and the general public must confirm COVID-19 vaccination status in compliance with current Columbia University health requirements using this online form.

The event will be live-streamed on the GSAPP YouTube Channel.

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