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

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White flag with metal pole and writing in marker. blue tag attached to metal pole (CIO 2)

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Obverse Text: Rest In Peace Uncle Louie / WWII Veteran / Luigi Pellieano / Battle of the Bulge / Battle of Bastogne / 24 OCT 2020

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Reverse Text: Rest In Peace Uncle Louie / WWII Veteran / Luigi Pellieano / Battle of the Bulge / Battle of Bastogne / 24 OCT 2020

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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: 2021.0014.14Accession Number: 2021.0014Catalog Number: 2021.0014.14

Object Name: commemorative flagflag

Physical Description: plastic; tyvek; metal (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/ng4bdd3a399-9a3f-0597-e053-15f76fa0cbca

Record Id: nmah_2001491

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