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Making the Memory Sacred


An online dialogue on art, public space, community and memorialization

This special blog initiative aims to foster a comparative global dialogue between artists, designers, scholars, and activists around the world to investigate intersections of art, site, human rights, community, and memory.

Access the blog at and check regularly for the latest on the conversation between a host of remarkable artists, thinkers, and activists including Robert T. HayashiBarbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Malgorzata Kruszewska, Hiroshi Sunairi, Steve Zeitlin, and others, exploring how public art and activism preserve and further create collective memories. This initiative culminates with a panel discussion of the same name on Friday, September 21, 2012, 6pm, at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, featuring several prominent artists and thinkers.

This curated online dialogue is an interdepartmental effort partnered with the A/P/A Institute at NYU, the NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History, the NYU Center for Religion and Media, NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions, and the Asian American Arts Alliance. Making the Memory Sacred is a project of the A/P/A Institute Media And Documentation Lab (MADLAB).