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Life Magazine, April 19, 1968

1995 Alfredo Jaar Born: Santiago, Chile 1956 three chromogenic prints overall: 61 x 120 in. (154.9 x 304.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © Alfredo Jaar, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York 2013.39A-C Not currently on view

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When Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar moved to New York in 1982, he was troubled to discover that racial tensions still ran high long after the civil rights movement had passed its zenith. In Life Magazine, April 19, 1968, he manipulated the iconic Gordon Parks photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral procession to highlight the disparity between the number of black and white mourners. Jaar's decision to present the work as a triptych, a traditional format for Christian altarpieces, helps identity King as a martyr.


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