Public Art in the Wake of Charlottesville

The New Yorker

I've been working on a piece over the last few weeks that examines the function of public art with particular focus on Confederate monuments in the US. It's been a real eye-opener as there was a great deal of Civil War and Civil Rights history I wasn't completely clear on before I began my research. It was a particular pleasure to meet (via email) a rather incredible woman named, Dr E Frances White. Dr White is professor of History and Black Studies at Gallatin and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis in the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU. I contacted her for comment on my article and she added some much needed perspective. I was so humbled by her willingness to engage. I understand that I'm a writer, and do this professionally, so the Imposter Syndrome sets in less these days but; when a woman I admire intellectually gives me the time of day (and then tells me they like what I do too) it still floors me. So, Frances, if you're reading this, you are excellent... and I think I love you a little bit.

Right, that's enough of that. I'm British and that was far too much emotion for one day, thank you very much. The article was for White Noise Magazine. They're an online publication based in White City, West London and they have some great longform pieces you should definitely check out when you have the time. In the meantime, you can read my piece here:

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Until next time.

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