sequence of digital files, black and white, silent, 7 minutes and 52 seconds, 2011
Monument derives from 44 photographs taken by the Detroit Photo Company circa 1905, and now in the collection of the Library of Congress. The photographs document public sculptures in North America. Each shot of Monument is a zoom into the face of a person represented in the sculpture, then a quick zoom out to the inscription identifying the subject. Some of the figures are of enduring celebrity (e. g., George Washington); others are rather obscure (e. g., a New Orleans woman identified only as “Margaret”); some sculptures represent historical events rather than personages. The monuments recall a time when conventional ideas about public art and what it should commemorate were firmly entrenched, before other, more modern ideas supplanted them.