Patricia Cronin, Memorial To A Marriage


My interdisciplinary conceptual artistic practice focuses on aesthetic beauty, conceptual rigor, queer feminist politics, and social justice. My aesthetic strategy is to subvert traditional art images and forms in time-honored artists’ materials and breathe new life into them by injecting them with my specific contemporary political content. Major bodies of work address lesbian visibility, marriage equality, feminist art history and the international rights of women, among others. From intimate watercolors to ready-made installations to monumental marble sculptures, I subvert art history and have built a considerable body of work spanning over 25 years dedicated to the disruption of mainstream hierarchies, histories, and chronologies. My work asks: Whose body has value? Who gets to decide? And what are the consequences for the individual and the community?
Artwork Info
Date 2002
Dimensions 27 x 47 x 84 inches
Medium Carrara marble
Artist Info
Born Beverly, MA
Works Brooklyn, NY


In 2002, Patricia Cronin created Memorial To A Marriage, the first and only Marriage Equality monument in the world. Cronin’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions Shrine For Girls at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; LAB Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Capitoline Museum’s Centrale Montemartini Museum, Rome, Italy; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; and Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. Cronin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, and Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, both in Washington, DC; Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland; Perez Art Museum Miami, FL; and Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. She is Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, CUNY.