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The Detroit River at General MacArthur Bridge, Detroit, Michigan

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:

January 1996, printed September 1996

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

About this artwork

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

The Detroit River at General MacArthur Bridge, Detroit, Michigan

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1996

Medium

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

Inscriptions

Unmarked retco; inscribed verso, on mount, along bottom edge, in black ink: "JS.231.0 1/7 The Detroit River at General MacArthur Bridge, Detroit, Michigan, January 1996 N-January 1996 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld" On August 19, 1995, Deletha Word and Martell Welch had a minor traffic accident. Welch chased Word, pulled her from her car, and beat her for nearly half an hour. More than forty people, some of whom had cellular phones, watched as Welch struck her repeatedly with a tire iron, but no one called the police. Word leapt from this bridge to escape her attacker. Two men jumped in the river to save her, but Word feared they would harm her as well and kept swimming; she eventually drowned. Martell Welch has been charged with murder. From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Dimensions

47.2 × 59.5 cm (image/paper); 63.6 × 76.4 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press

Reference Number

1997.777.10

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