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New Monuments Info Session 1
Tuesday, Aug 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Learn more about The Bass Museum’s open call to artists for the 2021 cycle of the New Monuments program. Meet on Zoom with Curator Leilani Lynch and Valeria Guillen, Exhibitions Coordinator at The Bass who will host an information session with Q-and-A, reviewing the application process. Click for free registration. Visit the New Monuments page for details.
The Bass Museum announces the second cycle of New Monuments, a project supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the museum’s Knight Art Commissions Program established in 2019.
Open to artists living or working in Miami-Dade County, New Monuments invites project submissions that visualize a new, temporary monument atop a plinth in Collins Park. The Bass’ curatorial team and external jurors will select one artist each year for five years to create a work that will be on view for 10-12 months at a time.
The Bass is situated in Collins Park, a public park in Miami Beach, where there are presently four monuments that were commissioned by different groups at various times. Sitting atop stone plinths in the south side of the park, these existing monuments pay homage to Cuban epidemiologist Dr. Carlos Finlay, Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar, Nicaraguan scientist Dr. Luis Henry Debayle and Cuban writer Jose Martí.
In 2021, we continue to witness an international debate on monuments, reconsidering who they honor, their purpose, relevance, and the validity of their continued existence. Building upon the context of engaging in current conversations on monuments and their legitimacy, New Monuments provides local artists the opportunity to produce a temporary, new, fifth monument. The inaugural New Monument (Najja Moon’s Your’ Momma’s Voice in the Back of Your Head), was installed in March of this year and remains on view through January 2022.
Black, indigenous and/or people of color (BIPOC) artists are encouraged to apply. The Bass will pay for all costs relating to the project including production, engineering, installation and maintenance. The selected artist will also receive a $5,000 honorarium.
To apply, artists will propose an idea for a monument that fits conceptually with New Monuments, considering reasonable materials that will retain integrity outdoors for one year and a work that can anchor to a 24-by-24-inch base plinth outdoors. Applicants must submit a drawing or computer rendering to illustrate the proposed monument, a 500-word statement about the proposal, a CV/resume, and at least three visual examples of past work.
For more information about the New Monuments open call and to apply, please visit thebass.org/new-monuments.