MONUMENTAL is on view July 12, 2019 through January 31, 2020, with the For Freedoms billboard extended through June 30, 2020.
This project is coproduced by Black Cube and the Denver Theatre District, with artworks curated by Black Cube. Free and open to the public.
MONUMENTAL is a series of public, contemporary artworks and community engagement programs that explore, question, and transform the role monuments play within society. Comprised of a series of temporary art installations in Denver, Colorado, the project endeavors to reimagine how public icons can better represent the diversity of the communities, foster civic engagement, and enliven public spaces.
MONUMENTAL highlights four artworks by local and national artists that illuminate various interpretations of the relationship between monuments and our community, national identity, and changing world. By asking contemporary artists to respond to monuments’ role in forming civic identity, memorializing events, or creating a sense of place, the artworks in MONUMENTAL reveal the nuanced relationship communities have with public work and encourage a timely conversation.
Artists: Jaime Carrejo (Colorado), Noah Manos (Colorado), Nikki Pike (Colorado), Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms (New York).
MONUMENTAL is funded in part by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the David and Laura Merage Foundation.
ARTWORKS + PROGRAMS
Temporary Monuments to Denver
A rotating, outdoor public artwork comprised of temporary monuments to the city of Denver by local artists. The project features three separate artworks by Nikki Pike, Noah Manos, and Jaime Carrejo. Located outside of Denver’s Convention Center, each artwork will be sited atop a large-scale monument base created for this project. These rotating, temporary works are intended to stoke a wider public conversation on who is represented in monuments, Denver’s identity, and the role monuments play in this conversation from the perspective of artists living and working in Denver.
Dates: July 12, 2019 – January 31, 2020
+ Friday, July 12, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Unveiling of Nikki Pike’s Temporary Monument, which is on view through September 11, 2019);
+ Friday, September 20, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Unveiling of Noah Manos’ Temporary Monument, which is on view through November 6, 2019);
+ Friday, November 15, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Unveiling of Jaime Carrejo’s Temporary Monument, which is on view through January 31, 2020).
Location: 14th Street between Champa and Stout Streets, Denver, 80202 (located at the plaza in front of Understudy)
The Denver Theatre District’s billboards on Champa Street feature a triptych of images depicting three interpretations of a town hall meeting portrayed in Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Freedom of Speech painting. Rockwell’s painting was inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In this series of photographs, the artists situate modern day citizens within Rockwell’s composition to reflect the diversity of American identities today. In a broad sense, these works look at common iconic imagery and how it continues to shape our understanding of historical memory and national identity. For Freedoms is by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms
Dates: July 2019 – June 2020
Public Reception: Friday, July 12, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1345 Champa Street, Denver, 80204
Community Monument Workshops
Led by artist Rian Kerrane, this community program leads individuals through a sculptural workshop using an assortment of materials that engage visitors on the topic of monuments. In response to the overarching theme of MONUMENTAL, participants create small-scale sculptural monuments that reflect their personal ideas for monuments. This program will gradually develop into an exhibition of all participants’ miniature monuments, intended to engage and reflect the Denver community.
+ Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Workshop #1);
+ Saturday, August 10, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Workshop #2)
Public Hours: Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Understudy, 890 C 14th Street, Denver, 80202
MONUMENTAL Zine Launch + Understudy Reception
In partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the MONUMENTAL Zine is a publication that gathers a range of contemporary artists, writers, and voices from the community who are reflecting on the nature of monuments in Denver – past present and future. Reconceptualizing the relationship public monuments have on our everyday environments, these artists and writers explore, and sometimes dismantle, the current attitudes that reveal the public dimensions of our private worlds.
In conjunction with the launch of the MONUMENTAL Zine, the public is invited to an exhibition reception that unveils a collection of small-scale monument sculptures by members of the Denver community. The exhibitoin is the culmination of two sculpture workshops led by artist and instructor Rian Kerrane, intended to engage the community in a conversation about the meaning of monuments in our society.
Date: Saturday, August 24, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Understudy, 890 C 14th Street, Denver, 80202
Monument for the 308
Monument for the 308 is a monumental sculpture by German artist Andrea Greiner that resembles a dinosaur in a natural history museum. However, the animal depicted is a common broiler chicken of the type ROSS 308 and is not extinct like its prehistoric ancestor, the Archaeopteryx. Today, these chickens are bred in staggering numbers with an anatomy manipulated to serve human meat consumption. Monument for the 308 acknowledges the reciprocal dependency between this animal and humans.