Who Decides? The History and Future of Monuments in New York City

Donna Thompson Ray's picture
October 9, 2018
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Public History, Urban History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies


Martin Segal Theatre
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave. (34th St)

New monuments are coming to NYC. But how will they be selected? The city established a Monuments Commission last fall and announced a $10 million pledge for statues or public art honoring neglected groups, and the same amount for monuments recognizing women. In this panel, historians, art historians, and monument advocates will discuss the current pressures on city agencies to respond to public opinion.

  • Michele Bogart, Professor of Art History, Stony Brook University and author of the new Sculpture in Gotham: Art and Urban Renewal In New York City
  • Mary Anne Trasciatti, Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric, Hofstra University and President, Remember the "Triangle Fire Coalition"
  • Jack Tchen, Professor of Public History and the Humanities, Rutgers University and member of the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Monuments
  • Moderator: Todd Fine, History Doctoral Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center, President, Washington Street Historical Society, advocate of the monument for "Little Syria" 
Difficult Histories/Public Spaces: The Challenge of Monuments in New York City and the Nation is a series of public programs in which historians, art historians, community activists, and artists will discuss the ongoing reevaluation of public monuments and memorials across the country and in New York City.

The series is sponsored by:
American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
The Gotham Center for New York City History
CUNY Public History Collective

Series is supported with funds from Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Contact Info: 

American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
The Graduate Center CUNY

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