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Parkman Coupe

1988 Dan Dailey Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1947 glass and bronze 17 1/4 x 10 x 10 in. (43.8 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman © 1988, Dan Dailey 1999.89.5 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 203


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“Almost everything I’ve made is about something . . . It could be the interpretation of an image or it could be the realization of an imagined being or it could be the illustration of a situation. I’m trying to communicate. I’m trying to evoke a response. I’m trying to speak to a viewer, but usually without words.” Dan Dailey, 1996

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Paul and Elmerina Parkman commissioned Parkman Coupe after viewing the Pasteur Coupe, a commemorative vase presented to Louis Pasteur. Parkman Coupe commemorates Dr. Paul Parkman’s contribution to the first successful vaccine against rubella, or German measles. Here, Dr. Parkman holds a flask of the vaccine at the moment of discovery as his colleague Dr. Henry M. Meyer vaccinates a child. Inscribed below the rim is part of a letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson: “Few men . . . directly . . . advance human welfare, save precious lives and bring new hope to the world.”

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decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About Dan Dailey

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1947

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