Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today



This publication records selected papers presented at the 2018 Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference held in Indianapolis. The essays in this e-volume contribute to contemporary conversations about public monuments, broadly defined as commemorative objects, images, and spaces, and the responses to them, including the calls to remove, relocate, or destroy them. Contributors consider these “monumental troubles” from multiple historical, geographic and theoretical perspectives, suggesting a generative rethinking about why they were made and how their meaning changed over time.


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  • Book

Alternate Title
  • Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference 2018

  • Erika Doss

  • Cheryl K. Snay

  • Cheryl Snay

  • Janet T. Marquardt

  • Kaylee P. Alexander

  • Katherine Poole-Jones

  • Nanette Esseck Brewer

  • R. Anna Franklin

  • Shawn Diamond

  • Lisa Blas

Date Created
  • 2018-12-12

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Table of Contents
  • Foreword – Introduction – The Haystack Monument at Williams College – Père Lachaise in 1815: A New Study in Ephemeral Funerary Monuments – A Tale of Two Removals: Public Monuments and Civil War Memory in Saint Louis – Coping with the Klan: A University’s Response to Thomas Hart Benton’s Indiana Murals – Capitalizing on Craft in The New Monumentality – Forgetting: A Critical Examination of AIDS Memorials – Negative Space(s) – Contributors

  • 86 pages

  • Snite Museum of Art

  • Midwest Art History Society

Publication Date
  • 2018

  • Monuments – Public

  • Art

Subject (Library of Congress)
  • Monuments – political aspects

  • Art history – 20th century

  • Sculpture – United States

  • Political History

  • Cemetery – Paris, France

  • Public Memorials

  • Social Movements

  • Public Murals

  • English

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Temporal Coverage
  • 1800-2017

Spatial Coverage
  • United States

  • Europe

Record Visibility Public
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