George Sugarman, Kite Castle, 1974
Monumenta was an outdoor modern art exhibit held in Newport in 1974 that consisted of fifty-four sculptures by forty different artists, including Christo, Willem De Koonig, Kosso Eloul, Richard Fleischner, Anne Healy, and James Rosati. The exhibit spanned multiple locations around the city of Newport, including both public areas and property owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County. William Crimmins, a resident of Newport, organized the exhibit and recruited Sam Hunter, an art professor from Princeton, to be the director.
Monumenta's 30th anniversary was commemorated in September 2004 in a month-long celebration called Re:Monumenta. The exhibition Monumenta Redux, held at the Island Arts Gallery, presented reproductions of photographs, sketches, press clippings and memorabilia related to the original show.
McKillop Library has two collections related to Monumenta:
- William A. and Gael Crimmins papers and photos on Monumenta, 1974-2004 (8.33 linear feet): This collection contains articles and photographs related to Monumenta as well as exhibit photographs and labels related to Re:Monumenta.
- Monumenta collection, 1988-2007 (0.208 linear feet): This collection contains miscellaneous records related to Monumenta that were given to Salve Regina by donors other than the Crimminses. The bulk of the materials were created by Diane M. Patrella, a student at Salve Regina University, who wrote about Monumenta in her senior thesis for the art department.
- Online Access to the the Monumenta Collection: This collection contains the catalog and images of art work present at Monumenta in 1974.
Richard Fleischner, Sod Maze, 1974
Christo, Wrapped Cove at King's Beach, Newport, 1974
Anne Healy, Hot Lips, 1970