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Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Contributed by Inès Davodeau on Mar 3rd, 2022. Artwork published in
February 2022
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    Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art 1
    Source: www.instagram.com Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Holise in use for the art exhibition Elegy: Lament in the Twentieth Century, shown through July 24, 2022 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

    An elegy is a song or poem expressing sorrow or mourning, often reflecting on someone who has died. This exhibition explores how artists have created visual elegies to respond to death, tragedy, and violence.

    When the arts address grief, is their role to be cathartic, allowing the artists to express and viewers to feel intense emotion? Are they meant to be catalytic, instigating actions to rectify circumstances surrounding deaths that were unnecessary, unjust, and atrocious? Do the works offer some a sense of commiseration and comfort? The goal of this exhibition is to create a space for thinking about these powerful emotions and possible responses.

    All the works of art on view are from the museum’s permanent collection, with most created between 1900 and 2000 by artists who either lived or worked in the United States for some part of their careers. The chronological distance allows us to see how artists of the last century worked to keep people, events, and states of being alive in memory and to place the collective grief and trauma of our present moment into a broader context.

    Graphic design by Hanna Karraby and Ridge Chin, with creative direction from Luis Bravo
    Exhibition design: Natalia Quinteros and Jillian Matthews
    Curator: Jessica Smith

    “The title treatment was printed on soft fabric draped freely from the ceiling, intended to represent a mourning veil, or the barrier between the living and those who have passed.” – Hanna Karraby
    Source: hannakarraby.work Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “The title treatment was printed on soft fabric draped freely from the ceiling, intended to represent a mourning veil, or the barrier between the living and those who have passed.” – Hanna Karraby

    “A printed pamphlet with grief resources was produced for the Reflection Space.” – Hanna Karraby
    Source: hannakarraby.work Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “A printed pamphlet with grief resources was produced for the Reflection Space.” – Hanna Karraby

    Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art 4
    Source: www.instagram.com Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: www.instagram.com Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: hannakarraby.work Hanna Karraby & Ridge Chin © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Studio. License: All Rights Reserved.

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