Monuments for the USA

April 07, 2005 to May 21, 2005

For this exhibition, over 50 international artists have been invited to devise proposals for a monument for the United States of America. Freed from contextual, budgetary, or practical constraints, the proposals reflect each artist's ideas about the type of monument the people of the United States currently need or deserve.

Their proposals may address particular values or ideals, group or individual histories, institutions or places. The nature of these hypothetical monuments, meanwhile, may be material or immaterial, permanent or ephemeral, practical or whimsical.

Taking the form of drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photo collages, written descriptions, wall paintings, sculptural models, or other media, the proposals will be displayed in an exhibition in the Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries. They will also be reproduced, along with text by the artists, in a fully illustrated publication, which will document the project and be distributed as a kind of mail-order catalog in the hope that some of the monuments will eventually be commissioned and realized with the help of appropriate funding sources.

Artists include:

Allora & Calzadilla
Tariq Alvi
Janine Antoni
Edgar Arceneaux
Robert Beck
Michel Blazy
Monica Bonvicini
Andrea Bowers
Fernando Bryce
Los Carpinterios
Paul Chan
Adam Chodzko
Martin Creed
Enrico David
Jeremy Deller
Thomas Demand
Jessica Diamond
Sam Durant
Shannon Ebner
Elmgreen & Dragset
Meschac Gaba
Anya Gallaccio
Hans Haacke
Susan Hiller
Thomas Hirschhorn
Chris Johanson & Kal Spelletich
Michael Joo
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Brad Kahlhamer
Barbara Kruger
Gabriel Kuri
Ken Lum
Jason Meadows
Aleksandra Mir
Liliana Moro
Mike Nelson
Paul Noble
Yoshua Okon
Jennifer Pastor
Kirsten Pieroth
Paola Pivi
Marjetica Potrc
Tobias Putrih
Qiu Zhijie
Rigo 23
Matthew Ronay
Michael Ross
Santiago Sierra
Gary Simmons
Yutaka Sone
Frances Stark
Michael Stevenson
Do-Ho Suh
Shirley Tse
Jeffrey Vallance
Mark Wallinger
Olav Westphalen
Xu Zhen
Zhang Huan

Significant support for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and by Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Additional support provided by the CCA Curator's Forum.