Reckoning: Monuments and Racial History

To mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement and the closing of the SFMOMA exhibition Nothing Stable Under Heaven, the California College of the Arts (CCA) and SFMOMA jointly present a one-day symposium that explores the roles of art and architecture in bringing to light histories of racial violence, systematic oppression, and anti-racist movements. As the nation collectively comes to terms with its long history of racial violence and struggle, how can makers of monuments, photographs, sculptures, and other designed objects negotiate and make visible these racial histories? Participants include artists and designers, as well as art and architectural historians who have studied memorials, trauma, and monument-building.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 

The event includes a symposium at CCA followed by an evening keynote speech at SFMOMA.

Free tickets are available here.


CCA, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

9:30 am Welcome and Introduction 

9:45 – 11:30 am Panel: Spatializing Racial Histories

Renee Ater, University of Maryland, emerita 

Darell Fields, UC Berkeley and CCA

Lisa Uddin, Whitman College

Moderated by Irene Cheng, CCA

11:45 am – 1 pm Lunch with Breakout discussion groups led by CCA faculty

1:15 – 3 pm Panel: Visualizing Racial Histories

Leigh Raiford, UC Berkeley

Martin Berger, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jessica Ingram, Florida State University 

Moderated by Jordana Moore Saggese, University of Maryland at College Park



SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco (enter on Minna Street)

4 pm Reception

5:30 pm Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University – “Make Live, Let Die: Monuments to a Racial State”

Image: Jamelle Bouie, National Memorial for Peace and Justice