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Artworks by women artists on 30 topics
related to Feminism and Contemporary Art


About this topic: Memorials/Monuments

This category features some large scale public art works by women artists, monuments to different histories and cultures. Acts of remembrance and war memorials are included, but so are counter-histories and attempts to construct alternative monuments.

  1. Vera Mukhina (Russia) Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa (Worker and Kolkhoz Woman) (1937) 24.5 m high (78 ft)     Moscow, Museum and Exhibition Center ‘Worker and Kolkhoz Woman’ 

  2.  Chryssa (USA, France) The Gates to Time Square (1966) welded stainless steel, neon, and Plexiglas 120 x 120 x 120 inches (304.8 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm  Albright Knox Art Gallery  

  3. Judith Baca (USA) The Great Wall of Los Angeles  (1974 - 1979) extremely large mural project, Los Angeles (ongoing development) 2,400 ft long     

  4. Maya Lin (Vietnam, USA) Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1983) black granite public sculpture, Washington 1.150 metres     

  5. Athena Tacha (USA) Massacre Memorial (1984) photos/texts, sandblasted onto stepped or labrynthine monuments      

  6. Kristina Aono (USA) Issei, Nisei, Sansei (1990) site-specific multi-media installation, Washinton Project for the Arts, Washington, reflects experience of internment camps in America for Japanese families during 2WW      

  7. Ana Lupas (Romania) Humid (1991) large-scale temporary installation, cloth structure in University Square, Bucharest. This is the second in the series, the first one was produced in a field nr. Cluj with white cloths hanging on laundry lines (1970)      

  8. Sheila Levrant de Brettville (USA) Biddy Mason - Time and Place (1991) public artwork, sculpted timeline on a wall with inserted photos and text, Los Angeles 8 x 8 x 2 ft     

  9. Yoko Ono () Wish Tree (1993–present) (1993 - 2015) Living tree, audience participation hanging wishes on labels on tree      

  10. Yoko Ono () Wish Tree (1993–present) (1993 - 2015) Living tree, audience participation hanging wishes on labels on tree      

  11. Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley (Australia) Edge of the Trees (1995) public sculpture, sandstone, wood, steel, oxides, shells, honey, bones, zinc, glass, sound, 29 pillars     Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House, Sydney Australia 

  12. Kim Soo-ja (Korea, USA) Sewing into Walking: Dedicated to the Victims of Kwangju (1995) fabric installation      

  13. Rebecca Horn (Germany) Concert for Buchenwald (1999) multimedia installation, Schloss Ettersburg      

  14. Rachel Whiteread (Austria, UK) Nameless Library  (2000) Holocaust Monument, Judenplatz, Vienna, concrete cast of building   see research paper by Rachel Carley  

  15. Doris Salcedo (Columbia) Noviembre 6 y 7 (2000) Installation of chairs and ropes at Palace of Justice, Bogotá, Colombia      

  16. Sanja Ivekovic (Croatia) Rosa, Lady of Luxembourg (2001) temporary tower built in Luxembourg      

  17. Mimosa Pale (Finland, Germany) Mobile Female Monument (2007) performance, pulling giant silicone model of female genitalia, audience could also lie inside      

  18. WWOS Collective (Canada) Walking With Our Sisters (2012 - 2013) embroidered moccasin vamps (the soles of mocassins), stitched and beaded by affected family members, friends, or allies of murdered in 65 beading groups to commemorate missing and murdered indigenous women.