"IN AMERICA How Could This Happen...," flag

Description (Brief):

White plastic flag with metal pole from the "In America: How could this happen..." installation (11/2020). The flag is personalized, "Dr. Choong Hong Kim / 7/29/2020 / We miss you!"

Description (Brief)

As COVID-19 deaths spiked in 2020, Suzanne Firstenberg’s public art installation "In America: How could this happen…" memorialized the number of people in the United States who lost their lives to the Corona virus pandemic as of November of 2020. The work (taking up 4 acres of the Washington, DC Armory grounds) represented the magnitude of the loss and also humanized the individual experience. At the time, more than 250,000 people were represented through individual white flags, that together provided a visualization of the pandemic sweeping across the country.

Date Made: 2020

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2021.0014.01Catalog Number: 2021.0014.01Accession Number: 2021.0014

Object Name: commemorative flagflag

Physical Description: plastic; tyvek; metal; polyvinyl chloride (overall material)Measurements: overall: 38 cm x 12.5 cm; 14 31/32 in x 4 29/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng4bdd3a399-9a32-0597-e053-15f76fa0cbca

Record Id: nmah_2001478

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