Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Forward into the past

Our town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, recently hosted festivities and commemorations around the sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle that occurred in the fields all around us. Tourists there were many; and where tourists gather, chatchkis will be sold. Among them, this arresting item: Lincoln, Pickett, Lee, and Meade crossing a road made famous little more than a century after the battle that brought them together. Figures of the past are called forth to recreate a tableau, utterly independent of themselves, that to us is itself an image from, and of, the past; yet the combination propels both a bit farther on into the future. I love it!


Michael Gerber said...

On the table next to that, there was a short film of Brig. Gen. John Buford's penis in various stages of tumescence, entitled "Self Portrait."

Hildegard said...

This is fantastic!