2:45 am Until Sunrise on Tet, the Lunar New Year, January 31, 1968, U.S. Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam (Looking North)

  • Anna Von Mertens, 2:45 am Until Sunrise on Tet, the Lunar New Year, January 31, 1968, U.S. Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam (Looking North), 2006, cotton, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund, 2012.48, © 2006, Anna Von Mertens

Exhibition Label

Von Mertens's series As the Stars Go By depicts the position of the stars at specific violent moments in American history in which "what came before seems separate from what follows." With the aid of a computer, she manipulates empirical data into subjective patterns, making these distant events personal. She then meticulously translates her compositions into fiber, bringing the image forth stitch by stitch on hand-dyed fabric over the course of several months.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
2:45 am Until Sunrise on Tet, the Lunar New Year, January 31, 1968, U.S. Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam (Looking North)
Artist
Date
2006
Location
Dimensions
41 x 97 1/2 in. (104.1 x 247.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund

Mediums Description
cotton
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – celestial – star
  • Landscape – time – night
Object Number
2012.48
Palette
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