New York

Sam Durant

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, has been roundly maligned since it opened last fall, and the sheer range of critical charges—from insufficient scholarly contextualization and scattershot exhibitions to annoying electronic touch displays and too many gift shops—testifies to the difficulty of addressing Native American history in the nation’s capital. In Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, DC, 2005, shown recently at Paula Cooper Gallery, Sam Durant offers an alternative commemoration of this traumatic past.

The project calls for the relocation to the Mall of thirty of the dozens of national monuments marking massacres that occurred during the “Indian Wars” of the late eighteenth century and the early nineteenth. Here they would take their place alongside memorials to the fallen of World War II, the Korean War, and

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