New York

Sam Durant

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

No one would accuse Sam Durant of restraint when it comes to contesting mainstream, representational narratives of American history. His recent work includes Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington D.C., 2005, which envisages moving all the memorials to Native Americans killed during colonization to the National Mall in Washington, DC; End White Supremacy, 2008, a sign adapted from a 1963 civil rights protest displayed on the façade of Paula Cooper Gallery during the 2008 presidential election; and a show of former Black Panther Emory Douglas’s posters and prints he curated in 2007 for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Durant’s work is most persuasive when it uses the conventional language of public, social memorializing against itself—as in the first of the aforementioned examples—to interrogate the ways in which structures that claim to represent

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