The book opens with an introduction by former Director, John Hatfield and an essay by Curator, Jess Wilcox that outlines the conception, process, challenges and successes of the project. Essays by art historians Aruna d’Souza and Alex Fiahlo lay out the historical and contemporary context of monuments and the broader social and political shifts in the United States at the time of these artworks’ production. Response texts for each of the temporary monuments and the Billboard project highlight the importance of reception to the meaning of monuments.  A monument created by our youth group the Socrateens reflects on the ubiquity of Columbus is included along with their Monuments Decoder ‘zine. Let’s Talk, the park’s Community Conversations, which presents the public responding to some of the exhibition’s big questions, and public programs are also documented in this volume.

Artists: Daniel Bejar, Fontaine Capel, Dionisio Cortes Ortega, Patrick Costello, Bel Falleiros, Nona Faustine, Jeffrey Gibson, Jenny Polak, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Xaviera Simmons, the Socrateens, Andrea Solstad, Kiyan Williams, and Sandy Williams IV.

Featuring writing by: Giampaolo Bianconi, Lou Cornum, Aruna d’Souza, Alex Fiahlo, Joanna Fiduccia, Maya Harakawa, John Hatfield, Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Taylor R. Payer, Krisnendu Ray, Prerana Reddy, Kaegan Sparks, Terence Trouillot, and Jess Wilcox.

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 192 Pages, 9.5 x 13.4 inches, 3 lbs 

To purchase the catalogue in print for $50 + tax + shipping, please email jw@socratessculpturepark.org with your request.


The MONUMENTS NOW publication was made possible with generous support from The Henry Luce Foundation.