“Monuments Now” Exhibition

Socrates Sculpture Park

poster for “Monuments Now” Exhibition
[Image: Jenny Polak "Offshore" (2020) Courtesy the Artist, Image by Sara Morgan.]
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In this turbulent moment when we find ourselves reevaluating American identity and values, the MONUMENTS NOW exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.

MONUMENTS NOW evolves over three cumulative parts. Part I opens opens summer 2020 with major new commissions for contemporary monuments by acclaimed artists Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons. Then Part II and Part III of the exhibition open together on October 10, 2020. Part II encompasses ten monument sculptures by the Park’s 2020 Artist Fellows and Part III features a multi-faceted monument project collectively realized by high school students. All three parts of the exhibition remain on view through March 2021.

In response to MONUMENTS NOW, the Park’s Broadway Billboard will also feature a monuments-related artwork by artist Nona Faustine. Furthermore, in acknowledgment of how monuments are shaped by society as well as by artists, the public is invited to share their reactions on-site and online over the course of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be documented in an artist-focused publication made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation.

MONUMENTS NOW is organized by Socrates Sculpture Park and curated by Jess Wilcox, Socrates Curator & Director of Exhibitions.



from July 01, 2020 to March 31, 2021


http://www.socratessculpturepark.org (venue's website)



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Note:Open all year from 10am to sunset.


Address: 32-05 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11106
Phone: 718-956-1819 Fax: 718-626-1533

Subway: N or W to Broadway in Queens. Walk eight blocks along Broadway toward the East River.

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