Object Lab: Monument Maquettes

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Students in courses, Sculpture as Space and Themes in Contemporary Sculpture at Auburn University, led by Associate Professor Kristen Tordella-Williams, researched and proposed contemporary monuments in response to the exhibition Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French. The students researched, proposed, and built maquettes of future monuments that fill in historical gaps and celebrate marginalized communities and spaces.

August 3, 2023

Chris Barraza, “Into Space”

July 27: Common Grounds with Zoey Thompson

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6 – 7 p.m.

Community-driven and accessible, Thursday nights offer a focused look at exhibitions and collection objects, providing a space for dialogue on timely topics.


Join Zoey Thompson, a sculpture Student in the Department of Art and Art History, as she discusses her piece in “Object Lab: What is a Monument.” Thompson worked with her professor and cohort on responses to “Monuments and Myths,” developing maquettes for proposed monuments.

July 10 – 14: Museum Maker Summer Camp 2023

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8:30 am – 12:00 pm Each Day (Early Drop off available at 8:00 am)

For ages 11 – 13

Price: $150 (Use promo code SUMMER for siblings at checkout.)

The Art of Game Design 

Campers will learn all about the game design process for creating analogue (board and card) games and basic digital games. Students will make their own games and complete working versions of them by the end of camp.

Have any questions? Please contact Christy Barlow, PreK-12/Family Programs Manager at



Cody Mejeur is Assistant Professor of Game Studies at the University at Buffalo. They have published on teaching with games, identity in games, and video game narratives and player experiences, and they are currently the game director for Trans Folks Walking, a narrative game about trans experiences. Their research has been featured at many international conferences and events, including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Pictoplasma, and their games have been exhibited at Science Gallery Detroit and Meaningful Play. They are Director of the Narrative for Social Justice (N4SJ) Initiative with the International Society for the Study of Narrative and work with the LGBTQ Video Game Archive on preserving and visualizing LGBTQ representation. They are editor at One Shot: A Journal of Critical Games & Play and serve as Diversity Officer for the Digital Games Research Association.

A person sits on the grass with their puppy.

June 29: Common Grounds

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6 – 7 p.m.

Art, coffee, and conversation Thursday nights at the Jule. Every week will feature a new host or presentation to guide attendees through a casual conversation about arts and culture.


This Week:

Adam Domby, Associate Professor, History, Auburn University

Adam Domby is a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction. His first book, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2020), examines the role of lies and exaggeration, in the creation of Lost Cause narratives of the war, as well as their
connections to white supremacy. Looking at pension fraud, Confederate monument dedications, and other myths reveals that much of our understanding of the Civil War remains influenced by falsehoods
and racism.

Domby has written on a variety of topics including prisoners of war, guerrilla warfare, and genealogy. His current book project At War with Itself, focuses on southerners fighting their neighbors during the American Civil War and examines the legacy of those local fights that civil wars inevitably create. His research centers on the role these conflicts played in three divided southern communities during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Close examination of the social dynamics of these southern communities reveals new insights into why the Confederacy lost, why Reconstruction ended the way it did, and the distinctiveness of southern society, culture, and politics.

He is also currently researching, with Dr. Shari Rabin, a biography of the nineteenthcentury rabbi conman. Through the misadventures of one man, the project will examine various aspects of the second half of the nineteenth century including political culture and corruption, Unionism, and American

Before his arrival at Auburn, Domby was an assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston.

June 24: Self-Care Saturday

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10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join The Jule this summer for a series of openlevel yoga classes with rotating instructors from The Yoga Room. Classes are free and open to all levels. Limited mats available on site.


Yoga with instructors from The Yoga Room

Heather Clemmons

Heather Clemons is a newcomer to the Auburn area and has been a yoga teacher in southern middle Tennessee since 2017. She has a background teaching yoga in the hatha style to bodies of all ages and experience levels. She lives in Auburn with her husband Chase, and two children, Elliott and Margot, and their dog, Kaylee. She is grateful to be a part of and teach yoga in such a vibrant and diverse community.

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June 23: Indecent Spaces Encore Performance

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2 to 3 p.m.

Through movement, sound and design, Indecent Spaces explores the more difficult and often hidden histories of the United States, American citizens and their bodies by exploring several locales around the nation, including the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Caroline, the Transcontinental Railroad station in Livermore, California, the Sixth Precinct in New York City, New York, and the Tucson Benedictine Monastery in Tucson, Arizona.

This performance piece is staged in the Grand Gallery, with with dancers manipulating large video screen set pieces and interacting with the audience.

From the creative team of Jonah Bokaer Choreography and architect Charles Renfro (partner of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro – DS+R), sociologist Charlie Kurtzman and violinists Angela & Jennifer Chun.


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