Malcah Zeldis, Miss Liberty Celebration, 1987, oil on corrugated cardboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1987, Malcah Zeldis, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1988.74.14
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
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.
Miss Liberty Celebration
- On View
54 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. (138.4 x 92.7 cm)
© 1987, Malcah Zeldis
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
- Mediums Description
- oil on corrugated cardboard
- Cityscape – New York – New York
- Monument – statue – Statue of Liberty
- Ceremony – other – fireworks
- Ceremony – holiday – Fourth of July
- Waterscape – harbor – New York Harbor
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