I upgraded my computer last week so that it would conform
to my current needs.
I didn't understand the process very well, but I know it
had something to do with memory and parity.
The whole thing made me think of some art issues that have been
surfacing lately, issues that also have something to do with
memory and parity.
First is the situation with a statue that commemorates
suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
The sculpture by Adelaide Johnson had been sitting in the
basement of the Capitol since 1921, but has recently been moved
to greater visibility in the Rotunda for the next year.
Some African-American women's groups feel that the statue
leaves out the contributions of black suffragist Sojourner
They want parity. They want Truth included in our national
"We are sick and tired of being left out of the history of this
nation," said C. Delores Tucker, chairwoman of the National
Political Congress of Black Women, in a recent Knight-Ridder
One of the suggestions to make amends is to sculpt an image of
Truth on one end of the statue where the marble is not carved.
But Karen Staser, co-chairwoman of the Woman Suffrage Statue
Campaign that worked to get the statue moved upstairs, says we
shouldn't change a completed work of art.
She's in favor of a new statue that would recognize Truth and
other black suffragists whose contributions have been ignored.
The second controversy swirls around the memorial to former
president Franklin D. Roosevelt that just opened a few weeks ago
along the Potomac River.
This fight is over whether or not Roosevelt should have been
sculpted sitting in a wheelchair.
Some disabled groups, and more than half the living Roosevelt
grandchildren, want to see that, according to a Knight-Ridder
President Clinton has said he'll ask Congress to add a
depiction of Roosevelt with his disability even though Roosevelt
fought to conceal his disability from the public.
One suggestion is a bas-relief carving somewhere on the
existing monument. …