Paul FarberCurator in Residence, New Arts Justice

Image: Detail of The Battle is Joined by Karyn Olivier, Vernon Park, Monument Lab 2017 (Mike Reali/Mural Arts Philadelphia) c/o New Arts Justice


Paul Farber, PhD is a historian, curator, and educator. He is the Artistic Director of Monument Lab, an independent public art and history studio that works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Farber’s research explores urban history, cultural memory, and participatory approaches to civic engagement. He is the author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), co-editor of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2019), and a contributor to numerous visual cultures books including Leonard Freed’s This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications, 2013) and Jamel Shabazz’s Pieces of a Man (ArtVoices, 2016). He has lectured and lead workshops at the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation. Farber earned a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, teaches courses in Fine Arts and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and previously served as the inaugural Scholar in Residence for Mural Arts Philadelphia.