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Miss Liberty Celebration

1987 Malcah Zeldis Born: New York, New York 1931 oil on corrugated cardboard 54 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. (138.4 x 92.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. © 1987, Malcah Zeldis 1988.74.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 23B


Gallery Label

Malcah Zeldis refers to this painting as an "exultation of survival," painted after her recovery from cancer in 1986, the same year as the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty. She includes herself (in the red dress at the lower right) alongside American icons like Elvis and Miss America in a celebration of liberty and life—personally from her sickness, and universally for the diversity of Americans.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Artwork Description

Malcah Zeldis refers to this painting as an "exultation of survival," painted after her recovery from cancer in 1986, the same year as the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty. Dozens of flags and more than one hundred figures, including famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe stand with friends and famly of the New York artist to celebrate this icon of freedom. Zeldis has included herself, in a red dress, at the lower right.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Keywords

Ceremony - holiday - Fourth of July

Ceremony - other - fireworks

Cityscape - New York New York

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

Monument - statue - Statue of Liberty

Waterscape - harbor - New York Harbor

painting

folk art

paint - oil

paperboard

About Malcah Zeldis

Born: New York, New York 1931

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