About This Artwork

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

200 Northwest 5th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 1995, printed September 1996

Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7
47.7 x 59.6 cm (image/paper); 63.3 x 76.3 cm (mount)
Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, along bottom edge, in black ink: "JS.230.0 1/7 200 Northwest 5th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 1995 N-December 1995 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld"


The most lethal act of terrorism in U.S. history occurred here on April 19, 1995. The nine-story Alfred Murrah Federal Building housed seventeen government agencies and a day-care center. At 9:02 A.M., a truck containing more than two tons of fertilizer and fuel oil exploded next to the building, killing 168 people, 15 of them small children. At least 600 others were injured in the blast.

The FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the bombing. McVeigh, a former Army sergeant, and Nichols, a former member of a paramilitary group known as the Michigan Militia, had spoken about their desire to seek revenge for the attack by the United States Government on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, which had occurred two years earlier. Both men pleaded not guilty.

From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press, 1997.777.7

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Photography, "Loaded Landscapes," 16 August - 13 October 2007.




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