The lofty, cracked Liberty Bell; the starkly beckoning Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the made-it- personal, traveling AIDS quilt and New York’s “Wall of The Missing.” For many Americans, these images are a deep part of our shared memory.
But how have they actually influenced the course of history – and our collective view of it looking back? And how has our way of commemorating extraordinary events become more personal, tactile – even community- created over time? Explore those notions in the visual feast that is Judith Dupre’s book, Monuments.
She writes, “Monuments are our response to the collective need to remember, revisit, and delineate the dreams of history… Because consensus about historical events, shared values, and appropriate visual vocabularies is increasingly rare, monuments must find new ways to inspire and console.”
Hear her interviewed on November 6th. Share this book with those you love over the holiday. Use it as a starting point to explore how you can create physical monuments to keep alive the unforgettable moments you’ve shared with them. Yes, there does seem to be a continuing thread here about taking the time over this holiday to commemorate each other – and what most matters to you about them.