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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has committed $250 million in grants, to be distributed over five years to fund projects that envision new public monuments in cities around the United States.
The Monuments Project will fund the development of more inclusive monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces; contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education; or relocate existing monuments or memorials.
The initiative will “support efforts to recalibrate the assumed center of our national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition,” the Mellon Foundation says on its website. “This work has taken on greater urgency at a moment of national reckoning with the power and influence of memorials and commemorative spaces.”
As of June this year, 1,712 Confederate monuments remained standing in the United States, according to a study conducted by the data analysis company BeenVerified. The analysis found that for every monument that has been removed, 10 others remain nationally despite the country’s reckoning over racist monuments in the months following the murder of George Floyd.
Not all proposals to the Monument’s Project have to be large-scale or permanent. The foundation says that it will also support creating storytelling spaces and ephemeral or temporary installations, and is accepting proposals and inquiries at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
Unless you were already familiar with Bey’s documentary work, the horror he refers to might not be recognizable to you.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.
View work by over 40 experimental artists and collectives from throughout the Americas who contributed to New York’s art scene during the 1960s and ’70s.
Several members of the 2021 cohort identify as artists and storytellers, utilizing the power that art and narrative have on changing ideas of power.
Made possible by a donation from Amazon stakeholder MacKenzie Scott, the award is the single largest in the Bedstuy-based organization’s history.
A donation of two hundred works includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Donald Baechler.