Harriet F. Senie, Memorials to Shattered Myths
Pen + Brush is proud to host art historian, Dr. Harriet F. Senie, who will give a lecture about her new book, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, focusing on chapters devoted to the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995) and the shooting at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999). The talk will be delivered on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the month when both attacks took place.
On the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, President William J. Clinton stated: “Oklahoma City made us all Americans again.” According to Edward Linenthal, author of The Unfinished Bombing, however, “The Oklahoma City bombing was situated within starkly contrasting convictions about the essence of American identity.” Senie will unpack these observations and other contradictions that abound in the built memorials to the destruction in Oklahoma as well as the shootings at Columbine High School. Her talk will define the new memorial paradigm that conflates memorials and cemeteries; consider the practice of heroicizing victims; point out what is lost when any mention of the perpetrators is eliminated; and emphasize problematic aspects of the memorial process that was followed at Oklahoma City and Columbine, two events that have become so embedded in our history that we now refer to them only by where they took place.
Memorials to Shattered Myths was published by Oxford University Press. The book will be available for purchase at the special price of $25 (tax included) at the reception after the talk.
Dr. Harriet F. Senie is Director of the M.A. Program in Art History and Art Museum Studies at City College, City University of New York, and also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on public art, and is co-founder of the international organization Public Art Dialogue and co-editor of its journal, Public Art Dialogue.
We invite you to join us for a reception at 7pm, with the lecture to begin at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs to <RSVP@penandbrush.org> are encouraged but not required.