When flesh and blood meet bronze and marble

Sex, gender, race and ethnicity in contemporary protest art

[blood/red paint on white background]
[At left: Photo of Darializa Avila-Chevalier, Jewel Cadet, Alexis Yeboah-Kodie, and Jamilah Felix, in hospital gowns stained red as if bloody, in front of the statue of J. Marion Sims, Central Park, New York City, by Keegan Stephan via Twitter, in The Architect’s Newspaper, 1/12/2018. At right: (top) Courtney Miller, Grand Traverse Band Chippewa; Teia McGahey, Anishinaabe and Mexican (bottom, left); Hadassah Greensky, Little Traverse Bay Bands Odawa (bottom center); Joelle Joyner, Kauwetsàka/Cherokee (bottom right). Women are in traditional clothing, one atop and three in front of the pedestal where a bust of Christopher Columbus formerly stood, Detroit, Michigan, photo by Rosa Maria Zamarron, 7/1/2020]
Nor do [at left: a maquette of the proposed sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with a list of other women who helped advance the cause, photo by Glenn Castellano/New-York Historical Society; at right: current rendering, photo by Monumental Women]

J. Marion Sims, the physician-torturer of enslaved Black women

While the Central Park monument to women’s suffrage will endure, offend (almost) no one, and no doubt be seen by many of the 38 million people each year who visit the most-visited urban park in the U.S., it does not compare in power and artistic bravery to the J. Marion Sims protest put on by the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100).

[BYP100 photo of of Darializa Auila-Chevalier, Jewel Cadet, Alexis Yeboah-Kodie, and Jamilah Felix, standing in front of the J. Marion Sims memorial, in hospital gowns stained red in the genital/abdominal area, as if with blood]
[Robert Thom, “J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon,” ca. 1952, for the series “Great Moments in Medicine”]
[Marshall Bouldin III, “Medical Giants of Alabama” (1982), showing, from five physicians, left to right, Tinsley Harrison, William Gorgas, Champ Lyons, J. Marion Sims, and Lister Hill, and the patient, Anarcha.]
[J. Marion Sims memorial pedestal only (at left), photo by Sophie Putka for City Limits, 1/4/2010; at right, detail of plaque.]

Indigenous reappropriation of monuments to Christopher Columbus

[Christopher Columbus monument in Detroit, Michigan. At left: Photo by Daniel Wright, At right: Photo by Rosa Maria Zammaron, The Waawiiyaatanong Resurgence, 7/1/2020]
[Bust of Christopher Columbus, Detroit, Michigan, prior to its removal on June 15, 2020]
[Bust of Christopher Columbus with red paint and ax affixed to forehead. Photo by Daniel Bethencourt, Detroit Free Press, 10/12/2015]
[Bust of Christopher Columbus with cardboard sign, reading in red letters, “LOOTER RAPIST SLAVE TRADER/DEBWEN MAADASH GE GWAYA DA WIINDMAGE,” photo by M.L. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, 6/11/2020]
[Pedestal only of Christopher Columbus monument, Detroit, Michigan. Photo by John T. Greilick, The Detroit News]
[At left: Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The vintage festival(1871); center and right: preparation for 2019 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California; center: photo by Mary Hurlbut, Stu News Laguna, 6/18/19; at right: photo by Don Leach, staff photographer, L.A. Times, 6/13/2019]
[Upper left: Olga Desmond, ca. 1908; upper right: Contraband Entertainment and Events Agency; lower left and right: Don McLeod]

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