Monuments: Commemoration and Controversy

The New-York Historical Society is pleased to offer Monuments: Commemoration and Controversy, a traveling exhibition that explores monuments as flashpoints of debate over national identity, politics, and race. Offering a historical foundation for understanding today’s controversies, the exhibition features fragments of a statue of King George III torn down by American Revolutionaries, a souvenir replica of a bulldozed monument by Harlem Renaissance sculptor Augusta Savage, and a maquette of New York City’s first public monument to a Black woman–Harriet Tubman. Drawn from the renowned collections of the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition reveals how monument-making and monument-breaking have long shaped American life as public statues have been celebrated, attacked, protested, altered, and removed. A prospectus for the exhibition is attached and information can be found here. For further information, please contact

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Categories: Traveling Exhibitions