PUBLIC ART IN SOUTH AFRICA, bronze monuments and plastic presidents

: Miller (.) & Schmahmann (B.) eds.

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315pp., illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2017


A collection of essays the explore the role of public art in South Africa, and how such works "may serve as a forum in which tensions surrounding race, gender, identity or nationhood are played out." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"A Janus-Like Juncture: reconciling past and present at the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park" by Elizabeth Rankin
"The Mirror and the Square - Old Ideological Conflicts in Motion: Church Square Slavery Memorial" by Gavin Younge
"A Thinking Stone and Some Pink Presidents: negotiating Afrikaner nationalist monuments at the University of the Free State" by Brenda Schmahmann
"Public Art as Political Crucible: Andries Botha's 'Shaka' and Contested symbols of Zulu masculinity and culture in Kwazulu-Natal" by Liese van der Watt
"Unsettling Ambivalences and Ambiguities in Mary Sibande's 'Long Live the Dead Queen' Public Art Project" by Leora Farber.

Kim Miller is Associate Professor and holds the Jane Oxford Keiter Professorship of women's and gender studies and art history at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Brenda Schmahmann is Professor and the South African Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg. Her other books include "Picturing Change: curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities".