Rutger's Housing Project, 75 Pike Street, New York

A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 1 of 7.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 1 of 7.

Date:

April 1996, printed September 1996

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

Rutger's Housing Project, 75 Pike Street, New York

Origin

United States

Date

1996

Medium

Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, along bottom edge, in black ink: "JS.232.0 1/7 Rutger's Housing Project, 75 Pike Street, New York, April 1996 N-April 1996 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld" The day after Elisa Izquierdo was born, New York’s Child Welfare Agency took her from her crack-addicted mother, Awilda Lopez, and placed her in the custody of her devoted father, Gustavo Izquierdo. Her father died of cancer when Elisa was four years old, and Awilda Lopez, seemingly recovered from drug addiction, gained full custody. Serious signs of abuse were reported at least eight times to the Child Welfare Agency by teachers and social workers after her mother gained custody. On November 22, 1995, Elisa, then six years old, was beaten to death by her mother. At her funeral the Reverend Gianni Agosinelli told mourners that “Elisa was not killed only by the hand of a sick individual but by the impotence and silence of many, by the neglect of child welfare institutions, and by the moral mediocrity that has intoxicated our neighborhoods.” From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Dimensions

47.5 x 59.7 cm (image/paper); 63.5 x 76.3 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press

Reference Number

1997.777.5

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