Inauguration

  • Jack Levine, Inauguration, 1956-1958, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.54

Inauguration portrays the solemnity of the quadrennial ceremony in which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the nation’s president-elect. Levine identified the presidential figure as a combination of Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower, suggesting the continuity of the American democratic process.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Title
Inauguration
Artist
Date
1956-1958
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7263 in. (183.0160.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Performing arts – music
  • Ceremony – civic – oath
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Occupation – law – Supreme Court justice
  • Dress – ceremonial – academic dress
  • Ceremony – civic – inauguration
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Object – written matter – Bible
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.6.54
Palette
Linked Open Data
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