All flags bear the stain of conquest.
Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.
Yesterday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol.
After Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega lost his re-election bid in 1990, the eccentric poet and first lady Rosario Murillo told a reporter she was happier with her common-law husband out of power. “I had a series of responsibilities that didn’t let me do art,” she explained.
Wrapping the tip of Roosevelt Island that points out to the sea, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a realm of stillness and meditation unlike anything else in the city. Designed as a memorial to the 32nd president, it is now just as much a call to remember its architect: the late lover of form and light, Louis Kahn. It is also long overdue, by almost four decades, from when it was first proposed in 1973. Yet even without all of its history attached, the most significant role of the completed park may be as a monument to the contemplative power of public space.
After “Statue Porn,” my first post for Hyperallergic, was published earlier this year, some commenters responded by asking what a quality interaction with public art might look like. It’s easy to spot silly or sexual interactions, but what are examples of people engaging with public art in a more serious or meaningful manner?
Happy MLK day! As we celebrate the life of the Civil Rights leader, more controversy plagues the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial that was erected on DC’s National Mall this summer. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that the memorial’s inscription will be corrected.
Today, the Martin Luther King, Jr National Memorial opened in the nation’s capital. The project includes a 28 ft tall granite monument on the National Mall carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. It is the first monument to a non-US president on the National Mall and the first dedicated to a black American, except, well, it is memorialized in white … to fit in, we assume.