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10/2/1997, 1998

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Lithograph on paper

21.75 x 13.75 in

55.2 x 34.9 cm

Edition of 72

This work is signed and numbered.

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    About The Work

    Chunn uses the front page of The New York Times on the day of Rosh Hashanah as a starting place for this work. The inspiration for this work comes directly from a project entitled Front Pages, for which Chunn added commentary on every front page of The New York Times for the year of 1996. This series is heavily laden with political messages and reflections on the front page news.  October 2, 1997 depicts a rabbinical student leading the service for Rosh Hashanah directly above a story about a “Hamas leader and a tangle in the Middle East,” which Chunn has illustrated by a chess game with pieces representing Israel and Palestine and the words “secrets and lies.” Chunn also comments on global warming, where she combines an earth on fire with the words “start spreading the news please,” and corruption in the Democratic Party. Reoccuring motifs in her work mirror the repetition of the news: dollar bills, coffins, and numbers represent corruption, death, and statistics. By choosing to produce this work for Rosh Hashanah, Chunn exposes the capitalism, war, sorrow, and politics surrounding the second most holy day of the Jewish calendar. Chunn’s style is visually direct and conceptually complex.

    Courtesy of the Jewish Museum

    About Nancy Chunn

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