ArtForum International, January 3, 2019
“New York City is currently seeking artists to design a new artwork to replace the controversial statue dedicated to J. Marion Sims, the nineteenth-century gynecologist once hailed as the “father of modern gynecology” who was known for experimenting on enslaved black women. The monument, which was removed from its prominent location in Central Park, across from the New York Academy of Medicine, in April 2018, was the only public work that the city voted unanimously to take down.
The city was prompted to reevaluate all of its public artworks following the white supremacist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2018. The event led to violent clashes between those protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and counter-protesters. The rally led cities across the United States to confront the racist and colonial legacies of their public monuments and sparked a national debate on the role of public art and the commemoration of controversial figures.”