October 10, 2020 – April 4, 2021


Press Release

Part II of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition, ‘Call and Response,’ presents ten monuments projects realized by the Park’s 2020 Artist Fellows: Daniel Bejar, Fontaine Capel*, Dionisio Cortes Ortega, Patrick Costello**, Bel Falleiros, Jenny Polak, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Andrea Solstad, Kiyan Williams*, and Sandy Williams IV*

*2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow
**2020 Devra Freelander Fellow

The 2020 Artist Fellows’ projects for ‘MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response’ take various archetypal monumental forms – such as the arch or the column – and dedicate them to underrepresented peoples and histories: from the civil servants who deliver fresh drinking water to the everyday struggle for self-determination by the country’s descendants of chattel slavery.

What unites these various approaches is a focus on collective agency and power, departing from the hero narrative of traditional monuments. Much of the works’ impact relies on public participation and reception by actively inviting visitors to take part in creating the meaning of the monument.

The 2020 Artist Fellows were selected through a competitive open-call juried by Socrates’ exhibition staff and two Curatorial Advisors: Aimé Iglesias-Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Americas Society and Legacy Russell, Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Each Artist Fellow was awarded a $5K production stipend, $1.5K honorarium, three months of seven-day-a-week access to the Park’s outdoor artist studio, as well as the technical and administrative support needed to realize their ambitious projects for public exhibition.

Learn more about ‘The Socrates Annual’ fellowship & exhibition program open call on our website HERE or on the Park’s digital guide available for free on the Bloomberg Connects app for smartphones and tablets.

The 2020 Artist Fellows’ Projects

Daniel Bejar
‘Monument for Immigrants (In Advance of an ICE Raid)’

Fontaine Capel*
‘Proposal for a Monument (Two)’

Dionisio Cortes Ortega
‘Croton Arch of Triumph’

Patrick Costello**
‘Ceding Ground’

Bel Falleiros
‘America (un)known’

Jenny Polak

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
‘Gate: II’

Andrea Solstad

Kiyan Williams*
‘Reaching Towards Warmer Suns’

Sandy Williams IV*
‘Wax Flag IV (Free Wax)’

*2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow
**2020 Devra Freelander Fellow



The 2020 Socrates Artist Fellows present a series of virtual programs alongside their exhibition ‘Call and Response,’ Part II of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition. The programming encompasses discussions with groupings of the 2020 Artist Fellows moderated by Socrates Curatorial Assistant danilo machado and live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook as well as scheduled takeovers by 2020 Artist Fellows of the Park’s Instagram account. These virtual programs will provide deeper insights into each 2020 Artist Fellow’s monument project at the Park as well as their artistic practice leading up to it.

Discussion Schedule

In Conversation: Patrick Costello, Jenny Polak, & Aya Rodriguez Izumi

In Conversation: Daniel Bejar, Fontaine Capel, Dionisio Cortes Ortega, & Bel Falleiros

In Conversation: Andrea Solstad, Kiyan Williams, & Sandy Williams IV

Thursday, March 11  •  6pm EST  •  On Zoom & Facebook

Instagram Takeover Schedule

Aya Rodriguez Izumi’s Takeover

Sandy Williams IV’s Takeover

Bel Falleiros’ Takeover

Jenny Polak’s Takeover

Friday, February 19  •  On Instagram

Dionisio Cortes Ortega’s Takeover

Friday, February 26  •  On Instagram

Daniel Bejar’s Takeover

Friday, March 5  •  On Instagram

Andrea Solstad’s Takeover

Friday, March 12  •  On Instagram

Patrick Costello’s Takeover

Friday, March 19  •  On Instagram