Virtual Double Take: "Edson’s Flag" Honoring Native Veterans

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1 – 2pm EST
In honor of Native American Heritage Month and Veterans Day, join three experts from across the Smithsonian for a virtual conversation about the artwork Edson’s Flag, a large wall tapestry by Marie Watt (Seneca). This artwork was created to honor veterans and specifically Watt’s great-uncle Edison Plummer, who served in the Air Force during World War II. The work explores ideas of service, sacrifice, memory, and tradition.

Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, is joined by Alexandra Harris, senior editor at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and Rebecca Trautmann, curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, for this engaging virtual program.

This program is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Double Take series. Widen your perspective on American art as Smithsonian specialists from different disciplines team up to talk about artworks from SAAM’s collection. This popular series features experts from an array of fields—from anthropology and geology, to aeronautics and history—and shows how art can connect to just about anything.

Image: Marie Watt, Edson's Flag, 2004, American flag (from U.S. military burial) with wool blankets, satin, and thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky in honor of Jane Beebe and Spencer Beebe. © 2004, Marie K. Watt
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