Parkman Coupe

  • Dan Dailey, Parkman Coupe, 1988, glass and bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman, 1999.89.5, © 1988, Dan Dailey

Exhibition Label

Dailey's Parkman Coupe celebrates Dr. Paul Parkman's contribution to the first successful vaccine against rubella, or German measles. Words from a letter written by President Lyndon B. Johnson to Dr. Parkman in 1966 circle the coupe's rim: "Few men . . . directly . . . advance human welfare, save precious lives, and offer new hope to the world."

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Luce Center Label

Paul and Elmerina Parkman commissioned Parkman Coupe after viewing the Pasteur Coupe, a commemorative vase presented to Louis Pasteur. Parkman Coupe commemorates Dr. Paul Parkman’s contribution to the first successful vaccine against rubella, or German measles. Here, Dr. Parkman holds a flask of the vaccine at the moment of discovery as his colleague Dr. Henry M. Meyer vaccinates a child. Inscribed below the rim is part of a letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson: “Few men . . . directly . . . advance human welfare, save precious lives and bring new hope to the world.”

Luce Object Quote

“Almost everything I’ve made is about something . . . It could be the interpretation of an image or it could be the realization of an imagined being or it could be the illustration of a situation. I’m trying to communicate. I’m trying to evoke a response. I’m trying to speak to a viewer, but usually without words.” Dan Dailey, 1996

Title
Parkman Coupe
Artist
Date
1988
Location
Dimensions
17 1/4 x 10 x 10 in. (43.8 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman

Mediums Description
glass and bronze
Classifications
Object Number
1999.89.5
Palette
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