About the Exhibition

Featuring over thirty works by New York artist Howard Skrill (b. 1962), this exhibition explores the impact of public monuments, as well as their removal, and their absence. Howard Skrill is an artist and art professor at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY and Essex College in Newark, NJ. He has exhibited extensively throughout New England, and his pictorial essays and other works have appeared in publications worldwide. In his drawings and paintings, Skrill documents figurative public statuary, surveys their destruction or relocation, and explores the fractured nature of personal and public memory, as well as the contemporary reaction to these historical works. Many of Skrill’s works were painted en plein air, or in the open air, recording not just the monuments, but the constant changes of light and color encountered out of doors.

On October 8, art historian Dr. Harriet Senie will give a talk entitled: Memorials Today: New Subjects, New Forms, and the Public Process. In this conversation, Dr. Senie will unpack the complex and often opaque bureaucratic processes underlying how the decisions that shape the memorials occupying real estate in our prime public spaces are made.

Harriet F. Senie is Director of the M.A. Program in Art History and Art Museum Studies at City College, CUNY, and teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on public art, and is co-founder of the international organization Public Art Dialogue and co-editor of its journal, Public Art Dialogue. She was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and the She Build New York Advisory Committee.

Watch a video introduction by the artist:

Virtual Visit

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Washington from Federal Plaza, Manhattan, 2016
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Washington from Washington Square Arch, Manhattan, 2015
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General John Brown Gordon on Horseback [Atlanta], 2018
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Jefferson from Columbia University, 2014
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Asia from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan, 2015
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America from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan, 2014
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Africa from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan, 2015
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Seated Lincoln, Newark Courthouse, Newark, NJ, 2015
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Sherman from Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan, 2017
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Confederate Monument, Greenville, SC, 2015
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Catlin’s Greeter from Green-Wood Cemetery, 2015
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WWI Memorial, Manhattan, 2014
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Pioneer Man Removal, San Francisco, 2019
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Morgan Removal, Lexington, KY, 2018
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New Orleans, Jefferson Davis Removal with Crane, 2019
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Removal of Columbus from LA, 2018
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Foster-Uncle Ned Removal Pittsburgh, 2019
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Lee Removal UT Austin, 2019
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New Orleans Lee removal with Crane, 2019
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Dallas Lee Removal with Ropes and Yellow Vest, 2019
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Lee Removal Dallas [Workers], 2018
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Dallas Lee Removal, Nighttime with Tractor, 2018
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Lee Removal, 2019
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Protest of TR Monument, Manhattan, 2019
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Cemetery Portrait Bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, 2018
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Forrest Protest before Removal, Memphis [Embracing Legs], 2018
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Forrest Protest before Removal, Memphis, 2018
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Removal of Forrest from Memphis, 2018
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Removal of Civic Virtue, Queens, NY, 2018
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Absence of Civic Virtue from Kew Gardens, Queens, 2016
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Civic Virtue in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 2015
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Absence of the Portrait Bust of Robert E. Lee from Bronx Community College, 2017
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Obelisk on Sims' tomb at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 2018
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Lassoing of the Monument of J. Marion Sims from Central Park, Manhattan, 2018
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Removal of Sims Statue, Manhattan, 2018
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Post Removal Sims Plinth, Manhattan, 2018
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Plinth that Held Snowden Bust in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, 2017

 

<em>Washington from Federal Plaza, Manhattan</em>, 2016
<em>Washington from Washington Square Arch, Manhattan</em>, 2015
<em>General John Brown Gordon on Horseback [Atlanta]</em>, 2018
<em>Jefferson from Columbia University</em>, 2014
<em>Asia from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan</em>, 2015
<em>America from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan</em>, 2014
<em>Africa from Customs House in the Battery, Manhattan</em>, 2015
<em>Seated Lincoln, Newark Courthouse, Newark, NJ</em>, 2015
<em>Sherman from Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan</em>, 2017
<em>Confederate Monument, Greenville, SC</em>, 2015
<em>Catlin’s Greeter from Green-Wood Cemetery</em>, 2015
<em>WWI Memorial, Manhattan</em>, 2014
<em>Pioneer Man Removal, San Francisco</em>, 2019
<em>Morgan Removal, Lexington, KY</em>, 2018
<em>New Orleans, Jefferson Davis Removal with Crane</em>, 2019
<em>Removal of Columbus from LA</em>, 2018
<em>Foster-Uncle Ned Removal Pittsburgh</em>, 2019
<em>Lee Removal UT Austin</em>, 2019
<em>New Orleans Lee removal with Crane</em>, 2019
<em>Dallas Lee Removal with Ropes and Yellow Vest</em>, 2019
<em>Lee Removal Dallas [Workers]</em>, 2018
<em>Dallas Lee Removal, Nighttime with Tractor</em>, 2018
<em>Lee Removal</em>, 2019
<em>Protest of TR Monument, Manhattan</em>, 2019
<em>Cemetery Portrait Bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest</em>, 2018
<em>Forrest Protest before Removal, Memphis [Embracing Legs]</em>, 2018
<em>Forrest Protest before Removal, Memphis</em>, 2018
<em>Removal of Forrest from Memphis</em>, 2018
<em>Removal of Civic Virtue, Queens, NY</em>, 2018
<em>Absence of Civic Virtue from Kew Gardens, Queens</em>, 2016
<em>Civic Virtue in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn</em>, 2015
<em>Absence of the Portrait Bust of Robert E. Lee from Bronx Community College</em>, 2017
<em>Obelisk on Sims’ tomb at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn</em>, 2018
<em>Lassoing of the Monument of J. Marion Sims from Central Park, Manhattan</em>, 2018
<em>Removal of Sims Statue, Manhattan</em>, 2018
<em>Post Removal Sims Plinth, Manhattan</em>, 2018
<em>Plinth that Held Snowden Bust in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn</em>, 2017

Audio Guide

Listen to artist Howard Skrill's commentary on select works in the exhibition. You can download our app or browse online at the links below.

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