Sacco And Vanzetti:  Caption
1956.184 A & B together © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1956.184.B
People
Ben Shahn, American (Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania 1898 - 1969 New York, NY)
Title
Sacco and Vanzetti: Caption
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Caption/Inscription for Sacco and Vanzetti
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1952
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink on cream wove paper
Dimensions
5.2 x 21.5 cm (2 1/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Provenance
[Downtown Gallery, New York, New York], sold to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge Massachusetts (L. 2091), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1956.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
1956
Object Number
1956.184.B
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Commentary
Text reads: "If it had not been for these thing [sic], I might have live [sic] out my life talking / at street corners to scorning men. I might have die [sic], unmarked, unknown, a failure. / Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in / our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for joostice [sic], / for man's understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words-- / our lives-- our pains nothing! The taking of our lives-- lives of a good / shoemaker and a poor fish peddler-- all! That last moment belongs / to us-- that agony is our triumph." / --Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Publication History

Alejandro Anreus, Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, exh. cat., Jersey City Museum (Jersey City, NJ, 2001), checklist no. 11, repr. p. 87 (color), p. 120, also fig. 31

Exhibition History

The Art of Ben Shahn, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/04/1956 - 01/19/1957

Ben Shahn: A Documentary Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 04/10/1957 - 05/31/1957

20th Century Master Drawings, University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 02/03/1964 - 03/15/1964; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/06/1964 - 05/24/1964; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 11/06/1963 - 01/05/1964

10th Annual Exhibition-- Ben Shahn, Temple Beth El, Portland, 05/01/1971 - 05/31/1971

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Politics as Catalyst for the Arts: The American Jewish Response, American Jewish Historical Society, Waltham, 02/24/1973 - 06/01/1973

Image of America in Caricature and Cartoon, Fort Wayne Public Library, Fort Wayne, 02/02/1976 - 03/14/1976; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 10/13/1976 - 11/21/1976; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 10/16/1975 - 12/14/1975

In Good Conscience: The Radical Tradition in 20th-Century American Illustration, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 01/10/1993 - 02/21/1993; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, 08/16/1992 - 09/27/1992; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 10/17/1992 - 12/26/1992

Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, 09/12/2001 - 12/16/2001

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Verification Level

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