Requiem

  • J. Fred Woell, Requiem, 1968, silver, bronze, glass, photo, wood, and putty, 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.

Luce Object Quote
"Art, like life, is about being human, being vulnerable, being imperfect, and about things being unexplainable." J. Fred Woell
Title
Requiem
Artist
Date
1968
Location
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, wood, and putty
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Kennedy, Robert F.
  • State of being – death – execution
  • Homage – Kennedy, John F.
Object Number
1991.57.2
Palette
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