Monuments for the USA
For this exhibition, over 50 international artists have been invited to devise proposals for a monument for the United States of America. Freed from contextual, budgetary, or practical constraints, the proposals reflect each artist's ideas about the type of monument the people of the United States currently need or deserve.
Their proposals may address particular values or ideals, group or individual histories, institutions or places. The nature of these hypothetical monuments, meanwhile, may be material or immaterial, permanent or ephemeral, practical or whimsical.
Taking the form of drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photo collages, written descriptions, wall paintings, sculptural models, or other media, the proposals will be displayed in an exhibition in the Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries. They will also be reproduced, along with text by the artists, in a fully illustrated publication, which will document the project and be distributed as a kind of mail-order catalog in the hope that some of the monuments will eventually be commissioned and realized with the help of appropriate funding sources.
Elmgreen & Dragset
Chris Johanson & Kal Spelletich
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Significant support for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and by Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Additional support provided by the CCA Curator's Forum.