Requiem

  • J. Fred Woell, Requiem, ca. 1968, silver, bronze, glass, photo and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Rose Mary Wadman, 1991.57.2

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Fred Woell created Requiem after Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968. The contorted features of the photographic portrait express both Kennedy's pain and the trauma endured by the nation. Stamped around the edge of the pin is the phrase "Jesus Saves," a reference to the Kennedy family's Catholic faith. The stars signify his final resting-place and remind us that his brother President John F. Kennedy was assassinated five years earlier in Texas, the Lone Star State.

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"Art, like life, is about being human, being vulnerable, being imperfect, and about things being unexplainable." J. Fred Woell
Title
Requiem
Artist
Date
ca. 1968
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 3/4 in. (12.1 X 11.8 X 2.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Rose Mary Wadman

Mediums
Mediums Description
silver, bronze, glass, photo and wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – death – execution
  • Portrait male – Kennedy, Robert F.
  • Homage – Kennedy, John F.
Object Number
1991.57.2
Palette
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Linked Open Data URI

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