art and war

Memorializing Iraq War’s Dead, in Chelsea

Jane Hammond, Fallen, 2004 - Ongoing, Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Photo by: Genevieve Hanson ©Jane Hammond

Two weeks ago, The Observer was in a van full of journalists heading back from an exhibition in Connecticut. Outside, the fall foliage was in full color; death, in other words, was everywhere, hanging around resplendent on a clear and unseasonably balmy day, in toniest Connecticut, et in arcadia ego. One of the journalists peered out the window at the leaves, and remarked, of the snowstorm that had hit the East Coast a week before, that it takes just one frost to kill the things. After the frost, they know to die, and change color. Read More