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.
“Art, like life, is about being human, being vulnerable, being imperfect, and about things being unexplainable.” J. Fred Woell
- Not on view
- 4 3⁄4 x 4 5⁄8 x 3⁄4 in. (12.1 X 11.8 X 2.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Rose Mary Wadman
- Mediums Description
- silver, bronze, glass, photo, wood, and putty
- Portrait male – Kennedy, Robert F.
- State of being – death – execution
- Homage – Kennedy, John F.
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