Last week Sam Durant's End White Supremacy sign from 2008 was presented at Basel Miami and hung on the facade of Paula Cooper Gallery in New York. It was originally installed in the same spot 8 years ago, during the election campaign between Obama and John McCain. It remained in place until July of 2009, six months into Obama's first term.
The sign, which recreates an anonymous civil rights protest sign, hastily scrawled, is said to now remain in place indefinitely. Gallery director Steve Henry contacted Durant a few days after the election ended and asked if they could rehang the sign.
“I said yes,” Durant told Hyperallergic.com. “In the words of the immortal Eduardo Galeano, ‘History never ends, I hate to remind you.'”