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Civic Virtue & the Politics of Display

Civic Virtue & the Politics of Display,  

or How Anthony Weiner Shed Light on a Public Art Cause:  Notes from One Preservation Archive


Frederick MacMonnies's Civic Virtue, a monumental Progressive Era fountain in Kew Gardens, Queens, is an exemplar of the "political correctness versus preservation" debate. The statue's imagery invoked high-minded ideals, but has also been regarded as misogynous, and is thus in disrepair.  Michele H. Bogart, author and professor of art history at Stony Brook University, sheds new light on the history of this important monument, revealing how sex and the city were the heart of the problem, and how the sad story of Anthony Weiner paradoxically helped its cause. 


Sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Fine Arts Federation of New York.   


Because of strict security at the Empire State Building, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and identification must be presented at the security desk; only those that RSVP  will be able to attend.  


To RSVP call 212-988-8379 or email [email protected].     


World Monuments Fund
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412
New York City, NY 10118
United States
Event Date and Time: 
Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm