Pray For America, 1969

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Pray For America, 1969, pigment and screenprint on paper. 

David Hammons, American, born 1943. 

On display at MOMA in 2017; a gift promised to both MOMA and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

One of several body prints which the artist made by pressing his skin and clothing smeared with grease or margarine onto paper.  He would then sprinkle the surface with graphite or pigment.

1969:  Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy had been assassinated.  There were widespread protests about issues of race and against the military involvement of the US in Vietnam.

 

Almost fifty years have passed.  Would we know it?

 

 

 

 

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