Miss Liberty Celebration

Media - 1988.74.14 - SAAM-1988.74.14_1 - 10640
Copied Malcah Zeldis, Miss Liberty Celebration, 1987, oil on corrugated cardboard, 54 1236 12 in. (138.492.7 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1988.74.14, © 1987, Malcah Zeldis

Artwork Details

Title
Miss Liberty Celebration
Date
1987
Dimensions
54 1236 12 in. (138.492.7 cm)
Copyright
© 1987, Malcah Zeldis
Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on corrugated cardboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Monument — statue — Statue of Liberty
  • Ceremony — other — fireworks
  • Waterscape — harbor — New York Harbor
  • Figure group
  • Cityscape — New York — New York
  • Ceremony — holiday — Fourth of July
Object Number
1988.74.14

Artwork Description

Malcah Zeldis refers to this painting as an "exultation of survival," painted after her recovery from cancer in 1986, the same year as the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty. She includes herself (in the red dress at the lower right) alongside American icons like Elvis and Miss America in a celebration of liberty and life—personally from her sickness, and universally for the diversity of Americans.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Publication Label

Malcah Zeldis refers to this painting as an "exultation of survival," painted after her recovery from cancer in 1986, the same year as the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty. Dozens of flags and more than one hundred figures, including famous Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe stand with friends and famly of the New York artist to celebrate this icon of freedom. Zeldis has included herself, in a red dress, at the lower right.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.