Exhibition

Sam Durant, Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C., 2005.

Sam Durant: Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2015 - April 13, 2015
Garen Gallery

Sam Durant's Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C. consists of thirty minimalist appropriations of American monuments honoring victims from the seventeenth century to the end of the so-called Indian Wars in 1890. While twenty-five memorialize white Americans, five recall Native American fatalities. These monuments, erected at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, reflect the violent and unequal power relations between whites and Native Americans during the creation of the republic. With this installation, on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the artist inquires into the ways history is written through abstract visual markers in the shape of obelisks that embody an authoritative presence. 

Support is provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation; Nancy and Ken Kranzberg; Elissa and Paul Cahn; the Hortense Lewin Art Fund; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Image Credit: 

Sam Durant, Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C., 2005. MDF, fiberglass, foam, enamel, acrylic, basswood, balsa wood, birch veneer, and copper; dimensions variable. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Allison and Larry Berg, Holly and Albert Baril, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell, Linda and Jerry Janger, and H. Tony and Marti Oppenheimer through the 2013 Collectors Committee. © 2015 Sam Durant. Digital Image © 2015 Museum Associates / LACMA. Licensed by Art Resource, NY.

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