Beautiful Lincoln Art Exhibit

Photo Nineteen Lincolns artist Greta Pratt’s webpage: http://www.gretapratt.com/index_liabout.html

I happened upon this piece by pure chance – while visiting Seattle I ended up at the Frye museum with my friends. I walked into the room which had the Nineteen Lincolns and was so blown away.

I think one line in the artist’s statement really resonates for me:

These photographs are a continuation of my quest to understand how I, and we, remember history. My intention is to comment on the way a society, composed of individuals, is held together through the creation of its history and heroic figures.

And really – to be frank, that is an excellent summation of why I am so intrigued by our sixteenth president. It is our shared history, or our mutually understood story of what has happened that makes our nation so particularly interesting.
Here is the link to the artists main page for this project: http://www.gretapratt.com/index_li_main.html

 

Advertisements

Launching a Dream.

Today I have launched a dream. That dream has taken the form of a collection of Abraham Lincoln stuff.

Although I desperately wanted the title of the blog to be a pun on Lincoln Logs (Lincoln bLogs?) I figured that may be a little heavy handed and “The Honest Abe Blog” would do.

The photo above was taken when I accidentally “met” President Lincoln on 7/4/2008. The moment took me by surprise — one doesn’t necessarily wake up and expect to meet a former President (or a former President impersonator) — but I was lucky enough to have that happen AND to have my digital camera with me when it happened. Interestingly enough this chance encounter took place at the corner ofLincoln & Altgeld in Chicago.

See you next week, Lincoln lovers.