Abstract

Abstract:

Debates over contested monuments often focus on the statue, but the pedestal also has significance. In May 2017, the New York City Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers recommended removing the controversial figure of Dr. J. Marion Sims. The base however, was left behind. The separation of sculpture from pedestal creates a space to research, document, commemorate and talk about the interruption of memory. In January 2019, undergraduate students created augmented reality images on the Sims pedestal to “bring to life” their interpretations that are not (yet) part of the prevailing history. The resulting images create another platform for exploring difficult histories in relation to present injustices.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1994
Print ISSN
0935-560X
Pages
pp. 131-151
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-30
Open Access
No
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