The Soprano at the Mourning Easter Wake of 1968

  • Daniel Pressley, The Soprano at the Mourning Easter Wake of 1968, 1968, walnut, paperboard, paper, paint, pressure-sensitive tape, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.78

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Daniel Pressley believed fervently in the civil rights movement, which he experienced in New York in the 1950s and 60s. This carving shows a singer at the wake for Martin Luther King Jr. after his assassination in 1968. The figure’s clasped hands and anguished expression evoke the passion and grief that many people felt over the tragic death of a hero to black Americans.

Title
The Soprano at the Mourning Easter Wake of 1968
Artists
Date
1968
On View
Dimensions
35 1/4 x 18 x 1 in. (89.5 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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Keywords
  • Figure female – waist length
  • Performing arts – music – voice
  • Ceremony – holiday – Easter
  • Ceremony – funeral
  • History – United States – Civil Rights Movement
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1997.124.78
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