RETHINKING MONUMENTS: AMERICAN SCULPTURE IN ITS TIME, 1850-2000

RETHINKING MONUMENTS: AMERICAN SCULPTURE IN ITS TIME, 1850-2000

Monuments are always changing – the people or ideas they memorialize, the spaces they inhabit, the context in which we experience them, even the way we define what should and should not be a monument. In Rethinking Monuments, a collection of artworks from four Michigan museums frames the history and reception of monumental American sculpture, allowing space for re-negotiation of the histories, ideas, and legacies they embody. Artists include Hiram Powers, Harriet Frishmuth, Paul Manship, Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Hunt, and Melvin Edwards, among others.

Artwork: Richard Hunt, Standard (detail), 1995. Krasl Art Center collection.

Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in its Time, 1850-2000 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, Krasl Art Center, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Art Bridges Initiative. 


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