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Grace Hartigan’s 'The Massacre' // 'Fire in My Mouth IV: Fire' by Julia Wolfe

Grace Hartigan's The Massacre
E. G. Schempf, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Grace Hartigan (American, 1922-2008), The Massacre, 1952, oil on canvas, 80 x 127¾ inches, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 1995.038.01. © Grace Hartigan. Courtesy of ACA Galleries.

Rage. Pain. Panic. Fear. When looking at Grace Hartigan’s “The Massacre,” these feelings may rise to the surface. In the chaos of brushstrokes, what do you think is the subject of the massacre? Is it a person, place, thing, or idea?

Composer Julia Wolfe thought about destruction when composing “Fire in My Mouth.” The piece follows the story of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers before the tragic fire that claimed the lives of 146 people: mostly young immigrant women. When listening to the piece, hear how the cacophony of instruments blend with voices. Which ones stand out? Which fade to the background?

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