Inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "Pensucola Women's Medical Services, 4400 Bayou Boulevard, / Cordova Square, Pensocola, Florida. / (August 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"; unmarked verso
Dr. David Gunn, a doctor who performed abortions, was shot in the back three times as he walked to the rear entrance of this clinic during an anti-abortion demonstration on March 10, 1993. He fell beneath this small tree and died two hours later during surgery. His assailant, Michael Griffin, immediately surrendered to police. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in March 1994 and sentenced to life in prison.
Four months later, at another Pensacola clinic, Paul Hill, the leader of an anti-abortion group called Defensive Action, shot and killed another doctor and his escort.
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
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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