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Richard Flood discusses Andy Warhol's 16 Jackies (1964)

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Richard Flood

Date

September 1999

Institution Walker Art Center
Jackie Kennedy has this place in the culture that is very confusing and very interesting that all came out of that day, that funeral, where the images that Warhol selected from came from. It was more than a marker in this country and, in a funny sort of way, through her choice of ritual to allow the country to begin to move ahead after what was an unbelievably traumatic event, I think people just never forgot and could never thank her enough for . . . At a moment of really incredible difficulty in this country, learning to mourn, she actually was able to shape a mourning ritual that allowed everyone to participate on some level. I don't know that the life she went on to live was of any great significance to anyone other than her and her family and that's as it should be. She became a private citizen. But, I think that moment is a very, very big moment and kind of Whitmanesque in a funny sort of way. It's a deep kind of poetry that resonates around that time and those images of her. What she pulled together at that time is very much a collage from a variety of different possible scenarios and she made it history. In America, where ritual tends to be a very awkward thing, that she created something that really was a classic was amazing.
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Type: Commentary, curatorial commentary
Source: Richard Flood, Chief Curator, Walker Art Center, commenting on Andy Warhol's 16 Jackies (1964), during the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009