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Requiem

ca. 1968 J. Fred Woell Born: Evergreen Park, Illinois 1934 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 2015 silver, bronze, glass, photo and wood 4 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 3/4 in. (12.1 X 11.8 X 2.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Rose Mary Wadman 1991.57.2 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"Art, like life, is about being human, being vulnerable, being imperfect, and about things being unexplainable." J. Fred Woell

Luce Center Label

Fred Woell created Requiem after Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968. The contorted features of the photographic portrait express both Kennedy's pain and the trauma endured by the nation. Stamped around the edge of the pin is the phrase "Jesus Saves," a reference to the Kennedy family's Catholic faith. The stars signify his final resting-place and remind us that his brother President John F. Kennedy was assassinated five years earlier in Texas, the Lone Star State.

Keywords

Homage - Kennedy, John F.

Portrait male - Kennedy, Robert F.

State of being - death - execution

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

glass

metal - bronze

metal - silver

readymade - photograph

About J. Fred Woell

Born: Evergreen Park, Illinois 1934 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 2015

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