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

Unboxing the MONUMENTS NOW Catalogue

Participating Artists from the 2020-2021 exhibition ‘MONUMENTS NOW’ return to Socrates virtually for a one-of-a-kind unboxing of their exhibition catalogue. See first reactions, find out what was “so on brand,” and hear the artists read excerpts of their accompanying text by renowned writers.


Paul Ramirez Jonas | Text by Krishnendu Ray
Anabella Orellana | Text by Socrateens
Bel Falleiros | Text by Aimé Iglesias Lukin
Patrick Costello | Text by Giampaolo Bianconi
danilo machado | Text by Lou Cornum
Dionisio Cortes Ortega | Text by Kaegan Sparks
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi | Text by Taylor R. Payor
Jenny Polak | Text by Prerana Reddy
Shanizea Husain | Text by Socrateens
Daniel Bajer| Text by Terence Trouillot
Kiyan Williams

Video Editing: by KMDeco Creative Solutions: Mark DiConzo.

Image Credits: Patrick Costello, KMDeco Creative Solutions: Mark DiConzo, John Hatfield, Mary Kang, Sofie Kjørum Austlid, Nicholas Knight, Scott Lynch, Sara Morgan.

Created with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park, 2022.