Life Magazine, April 19, 1968

  • Alfredo Jaar, Life Magazine, April 19, 1968, 1995, three chromogenic prints, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.39A-C, © Alfredo Jaar, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

Title
Life Magazine, April 19, 1968
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
overall: 61 x 120 in. (154.9 x 304.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
three chromogenic prints
Classifications
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Object Number
2013.39A-C
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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 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 identify King as a martyr.

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