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The Wax Monuments | Activation

December 8 2024 1 — 2PM
Price: $10 Members, $35 General
A side view of The Wax Monuments, which features red, brown, blue, and white candles shaped like famous American monuments on a set of stairs.
Sandy Williams, IV, The Wax Monuments, 2024, beeswax, wicks, expanded polystyrene foam, epoxy hard coating, wood, 63 x 145 x 112 inches, Courtesy of the Artist, photo: Bruce M. White

Join GFS Curatorial staff at the Slow Motion exhibition as we light select candles of Sandy Williams IV’s sculpture The Wax Monuments and lead a slow looking conversation. The artwork is a provocation that invites people to exercise agency and control over public symbols that are typically deemed “permanent” and “untouchable.” The lighting will create space for personal interpretation and conversation, inviting participants to engage openly about select topics.

Sandy Williams IV (b. 1992, Belleville, NJ, they/them) is an artist and educator whose work generates moments of communal catharsis. Based in Richmond, VA, their conceptual practice uses time itself as a material and aims to unfold the hidden legacies of public spaces. Through ephemeral, malleable, and collaborative public memorials, Williams’ work unsettles popular colonial logics of permanence, uniformity, and displacement. Williams’ practice is deeply interdisciplinary, and carefully layers contextual research, communal activity, collaboration, civic action, and performance.

Program accessibility information available.

Slow Motion is made possible by generous exhibition support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Brooke Barrie Art Fund, NRG Energy, and Julie and Michael Nachamkin. Support is provided in part by the Atlantic Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Department of State. Additional generous support is provided by Holman.

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