A series of virtual events accompany the  ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition:

Brooklyn Rail Talk

Friend of the Park, The Brooklyn Rail, invited the three acclaimed artists whose respective monument projects comprise the first part of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition – Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons – to speak about their projects and the contested form of the monument. Socrates Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, moderated and poet Jive Poetic also contributed to the conversation and rounded out the event with a reading.

Jeffrey Gibson’s Programming

Artist Jeffrey Gibson curated a series of Indigenous-led performances to activate his monument installation. ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House.’


Friday, July 24  •  On Instagram & Facebook

6:30pm EST – Land Acknowledgement with the Indigenous Kinship Collective

7pm EST – Laura Ortman Performance Live-Stream


Wednesday, September 16  •  6pm EST  • On Zoom & Facebook

Jeffrey Gibson Screening Series–>

January 20 – March 23, 2021  •  6pm EST*  •  Online

*March 23rd event time TBA

In Conversation: Artist Jeffrey Gibson & Socrates Curator Jess Wilcox–>

Wednesday, January 20, 2021  •  6pm EST  •  On Zoom & Facebook Live

Laura Ortman Performance Documentary Premiere–>

Wednesday, February 3, 2021  •  6pm EST  •  On  YouTube

Emily Johnson Performance Documentary Premiere–>

Wednesday, February 17, 2021  •  6pm EST  •  On YouTube

In Conversation: Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Ortman, Emily Johnson, & Raven Chacon–>

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  •  6pm EST  •  On Zoom & Facebook Live

Raven Chacon Performance Live-Stream–>

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (Rain Date: March 24)  •  Time TBA  •  On Zoom & Facebook Live

Paul Ramírez Jonas’ Programming

Artist Paul Ramírez Jonas‘ monument project, ‘Eternal Flame,’ functions as a communal barbecue. The barbecues are available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis when the Park is open, which is every day from 9am to sunset. In addition, Ramírez Jonas has created a limited edition ‘Eternal Flame‘ matchbook that is freely available to Park-goers via dispensers attached to the base of the sculpture.


See artist Paul Ramírez Jonas’ ‘Eternal Flame’ monument installation activated by five Queens, New York-based chefs in this documentary short by film-makers RAVA (Ava Wiland and Rafael Salazar). As the chefs cook delicious recipes from around the world, they share their thoughts on cuisine as an enduring component of culture and heritage.


Socrates’ Curator Jess Wilcox facilitated ‘After the Monument‘ a conversation on the topic of monuments with acclaimed artist Paul Ramírez Jonas; NYC Cultural Affairs‘ Percent for Art Director, Kendal Henry; and Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art‘s Curator Courtenay Finn.

Xaviera Simmons’ Programming

Artist & Curator Conversation

Artist Xaviera Simmons and Socrates’ Curator Jess Wilcox spoke about Simmons’ powerful three part installation, ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause,’ for the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition.