Paper Monuments is a series of opportunities, events, and interventions designed to elevate the voices of the people of New Orleans, as a critical process to creating symbols of our city that represent our collective vision, and to honor the erased histories of the people, places, movements, and events that have made up the past 300 years as we look to the future.
Paper Monuments is a megaphone for New Orleanians to use art and storytelling to answer the question:
What is an appropriate monument to our city today?
Paper Monuments was the brainchild of Sue Mobley and Bryan C. Lee Jr., founders of Colloqate Design. The Pythian Temple poster was a collaboration between Chris Daemmrich, artist, and Amber Wiley, storyteller.
Skidmore College Assistant Professor of American Studies Amber Wiley on “When and Where I Enter the British Museum” by Carrie Mae Weems.
Carrie Mae Weems
“When and Where I Enter the British Museum,” 2006
Tang Teaching Museum collection
Gift of Ann Schaffer and Mel Schaffer
Skidmore College Assistant Professor of American Studies Amber Wiley speaks about teaching with the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery collection.
Assistant Professor of American Studies and award-winning architectural and urban historian Amber Wiley knows what makes a particular place stand out. She joins us on the podcast to talk about all the places she lived, the characteristics that make up a place, and the three courses she’s teaching this semester: American Cultural Geographies, the African-American Experience, and City and American Culture.
Amber N. Wiley was an invited lecturer on pedagogy at the first ever Black in Design conference at Harvard University. The introduction to her panel and lecture begins around the 14:05 mark.
This conference was organized to address social justice from the perspective of design, emphasizing the importance of compassion in the design ethos, and with the goal of recognizing the contributions of African descendants to the design field and, by so doing, to broaden the definition of the designer. A series of conversations including students, faculty, and invited guests considered design at the scale of the building, neighborhood, city, region, and globe.
The conference was organized by the Harvard GSD African American Student Union with support from the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Loeb Fellowship at Harvard GSD, the Dean’s Diversity Initiative at Harvard GSD, and H-OAP.