What is a timely monument for Newark?

Taking place 400 years after the first enslaved Africans arrived on our shores in 1619, A Call to Peace was conceived in response to Newark’s Wars of America monument, installed in 1926 by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, as a way to engage and confront the sculptor's own racially fraught legacy and the role of public art in the city today. Borglum, famed for creating Mount Rushmore and designing a Confederate Monument in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was also affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and used granite from Stone Mountain as the pedestal for his sculpture in Newark.

Learn about the complex history of Military Park and the city of Newark through an exhibition that features temporary monuments and artworks by Manuel Acevedo, Chakaia BookerSonya Clark, and Jamel Shabazz.

Alongside the artist installations, we’ll open a research engagement lab, staffed by Newark-based artists and educators, where passersby will be invited to contribute their own speculative monument proposals. The collected responses will be added to an open database, posted on a community board in Express Newark, and shared as a report to the city in 2020.  

Presented by New Arts Justice & Monument Lab

Image: Manuel Acevedo. Design: Liam Hodgson.

Image: Manuel Acevedo. Design: Liam Hodgson.