Mount Carmel Compound, Twelve Miles Outside Waco, Texas

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:

November 1995, printed September 1996

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

Mount Carmel Compound, Twelve Miles Outside Waco, Texas

Origin

United States

Date

1995

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.224.0 1/7 Mount Carmel Compound, twelve miles outside Waco, Texas, November 1995 N-November 1995 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld" For fifty-one days, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents surrounded the property of the Branch Davidians, a small religious order based near Waco. The siege began after a raid by ATF agents on February 28, 1993, in which four agents and six Davidians were killed. The agency conducted the raid in the belief that the sect’s leader, David Koresh, was keeping a large arsenal of illegal weapons. The FBI, citing the abuse of children in the compound, received permission from Attorney General Janet Reno to end the siege by tear-gassing the buildings. Within minutes of this attack, the compound was ablaze. It has never been determined whether the fire was a result of the assault or was set by the Branch Davidians themselves. Koresh, a self-proclaimed messiah, and eighty of his followers died in the fire. From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Dimensions

47.3 x 59.7 cm (image/paper); 63.4 x 76.4 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press

Reference Number

1997.777.12

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