Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7
Inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "State Highway 74, 7.3 miles South of the former Hub cafe, Crescent City, Oklahoma. (August 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"; unmarked verso
Karen Silkwood, a worker at the Cimarron River Plutonium Plant, had gathered potentially incriminating evidence about the falsification of quality-control documents. On November 13, 1974, on her way to a meeting with a New York Times reporter, Silkwood’s car skidded off Highway 74 killing her instantly. When friends arrived at the scene shortly after the crash, the manila folder she had intended to give the Times reporter was missing.
The Oklahoma State Police determined that Silkwood, under the influence of barbiturates, had fallen asleep at the wheel. Independent investigators concluded that Silkwood had been forced off the road by another vehicle.
From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam
Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift
Extended information about this artwork
Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Photography “Loaded Landscapes” 16 August - 13 October 2007.
Art Institute of Chicago, “On This Site,” December 14, 1996 - April 18, 1997.
PaceWildensteinMacGill, Beverly Hills, CA, “On This Site,” April 25 -June 6, 1997.
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