Monumental: Sandow Birk
January 26, 2019 – April 21, 2019
The iconic imageries depicted in the work of Sandow Birk emerge as figments of the past, seemingly forgotten series of historical events, or aspects of American contemporary life that reflect on today’s societal concerns. The Long Beach Museum of Art is pleased to present, Monumental: Sandow Birk, the Los Angeles-based artist’s institutional debut of the ongoing series, Imaginary Monuments that began in 2007. The thought-provoking body of work humorously mines through some of the historical documents or contracts that have shaped the country we inhabit, often encapsulating the political ironies that have surfaced throughout past and contemporary events.
Image caption: Sandow Birk, Proposal for a Monument to the Declaration of Independence (and Pavilion to Frederick Douglass), 2018