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: email@example.com.
The Association of Art Museum Directors announced a shift in its longstanding policy, which restricted the use of funds from sales of art to new acquisitions only.
Martín Mobarak may have broken Mexican law, but he burned the proof.
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including the Maya Codex of Mexico at the Getty, Beatrice Wood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and more.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Xaviera Simmons, Cristina Iglesias, Mire Lee, and more.
With explosions of color and materiality, Cave has his own enigmatic ways to funnel the funk through histories of adversity.
Kapwani Kiwanga invites viewers to look with only the quiet glow of natural light seeping in through the skylights, illuminating a nuanced way of seeing race.
Funding options at UB include full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, and additional opportunities for MA students.
This week, Godard’s anti-imperialism, in defense of “bad” curating, an inexplicable statue, criminalizing culture wars, and more.
I inserted the text from five press releases into DALL-E and this is what it churned out.
As protests rage across the country following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, Iranian and Kurdish artists are creating work in support of freedom.