Throughout her career, sculptor Meredith Bergmann has created public art of enduring value, including the Boston Women’s Memorial and the FDR Hope Memorial. On August 26, 2020, her newest work will be unveiled in New York’s Central Park: the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument. It will be the park’s first — and only — monument honoring real women. “The fact that nobody, for a long time, even noticed that women were missing in Central Park — what does that say about the invisibility of women?”
Meet my friend Dan Bergmann, the son of sculptor and poet Meredith Bergmann and filmmaker Michael Bergmann, in this powerful and moving video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I brought three generations of women to the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the Boston Women’s Memorial, sculpted by the incredibly-talented, true artist, Meredith Bergmann.
The event was quite wonderful —simple, dignified and eloquent. The speakers took legitimate pride in having been part of doing the organizational work and raising funds to put the memorial together, pointing out that before its installation there had been only three statues of women in all of Boston. They acknowledged being discouraged by what has taken place in our country in the last two years, but they were by no means in a surrendering mood. Meredith’s own presentation was, of course, perfect. The three actresses who performed were utterly believable. And best of all, from my perspective, the three generations of women that I brought to the event all loved being there. Little Cora gave a babble-speech that competed with one of the actresses’ recitations!
I’m proud to hear that my friend Meredith Bergmann’s design has been chosen for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument. These will be the first statues of real women in New York City’s Central Park.
Meredith been given two years to complete the work. The unveiling of the monument is scheduled for August 26th, 2020. I plan to be there.