Use the following questions and related media as a way to initiate dialogue about contemporary art and specific ideas related to where art is seen, how it is made, and who makes it. Related images and video segments should inspire a variety of responses and provoke new ways of thinking about possible answers.
In addition to museums and galleries, what are other venues for exhibiting art? How does the location or context of a work of art affect its meaning?
"To some degree, we could say that most cities are populated by traumatized survivors and historic monuments that are witnessing conflicts and problems. I realized that there is one place in Boston, where those two are extremely close to each other—that the Revolutionary War monument on Bunker Hill somehow connected with the daily struggle and battleground of Charlestown residents living in the shadow of that monument—where, on a weekly or monthly basis, someone was murdered, killed, or executed."
"[The building's surface is] a very important protective layer that separates the overly confessional aspect of the speech of those who animate the building and our overly empathetic approach towards the speakers. So, that creates a distance, which is important for thinking—for recognizing that between them and us, there is a wall. Any attempt to identify with the person is a danger. To say, 'I understand what you went through,' is the most unacceptable response. The opposite may be more appropriate: 'I will never understand what you went through.'"