Museum for Contextualized Commemorative Works
Returning the House to the People as a Center for Exploration
American society is entering a reckoning, one which faces the darkest chapters of its history. In response, the role of commemorative works, as they are integral to our cultural heritage and memory, is under question. With the position that these works have value not as public honorifics but as teaching tools, the proposal is an exhibition for these contentious monuments and our complex history. Here we acknowledge the past while more importantly questioning it, deconstructing motives and learning from it. In the Rhode Island State House's sublevel is a place of exploration, allowing for understanding through a highly considered holistic narrative.