Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard)

Media - VR.1986.50A-I - SAAM-VR.1986.50A-I_2 - 135624
Copied Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard), 1985, 9 prints, photo-offset lithograph and screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, VR.1986.50A-I

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard)
Publisher
Peter Blum Edition
Date
1985
Location
Not on view
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums Description
9 prints, photo-offset lithograph and screenprint
Classifications
Object Number
VR.1986.50A-I

Artwork Description

Barbara Kruger’s dramatic juxtaposition of found photographs and provocative text examines the representation of power in mass-media images. Using sign language, gesture, and words to create and contradict meaning, she employs language to question cultural stereotypes. Because of her feminist sympathies, one assumes the “we” of this message refers to women, but its meaning is less specific and encompasses all groups of people without power. Kruger came to art from a background of graphic design. Her work investigates the seemingly innocuous yet potentially insidious ways in which ideological messages infiltrate daily life by means of the mass media.

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