Moratorium

  • Carlos Irizarry, Moratorium, 1969, screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.24.1A-B, © 1969, Carlos Irizarry

Exhibition Label
The density of images in Moratorium conveys the ubiquitous presence of the Vietnam War in everyday life. Here Irizarry appropriated photographs and text from media sources. Dominating the left side is a likeness of Vice President Spiro Agnew, famous for his dismissal of antiwar intellectuals as "impudent snobs," next to an image of a large antiwar protest. President Richard Nixon's face appears below, tinted orange and repeated in a pop-style grid. Irizarry also quotes antiwar works by other artists: Jasper Johns's 1969 Moratorium flag poster and Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica. Picasso's painting--condemning the Nazi bombing of Spanish civilians--had been on loan in New York since the 1940s, and Vietnam War-era activists embraced it as an emblem of war resistance.
Title
Moratorium
Artist
Assistants
Printer
Date
1969
Location
Dimensions
A (image): 21 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. (54.6 x 70.5 cm) B (image): 21 3/8 x 28 3/8 in. (54.3 x 72.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums Description
screenprint
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – civic – rebellion
  • Occupation – political – president
Object Number
2013.24.1A-B
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