American Soldiers Honored in Artist Jane Hammond's "Fallen" Installation at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York

-- Exhibition Organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art --

Sep 20, 2011, 12:27 ET from The FLAG Art Foundation

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The FLAG Art Foundation, an exhibition space for contemporary art in New York, today announced that Jane Hammond: Fallen, a monumental ongoing installation consisting of over 4,000 unique handmade leaves each inscribed with the name of a American soldier killed in the war in Iraq, will be on view from September 23 through December 17, 2011.  

Fallen is an ongoing installation on which Ms. Hammond has worked continuously for seven years.  This poignant memorial consists of a low rectangular platform layered with a vast multitude of brilliant fall leaves.  Each leaf is unique, handmade by the artist, and inscribed by her with the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq.  The FLAG Art Foundation exhibition begins with 4,455 leaves.  

As a memorial, Hammond's Fallen is unusual in that it emphasizes the singularity of each individual by making his or her leaf unique. The light and delicate materials subvert the traditional expectations of enduring materials such as bronze and stone in favor of an expression of the fragility and ephemerality of life.

The artist has said: "There is something about leaves in the autumn, at the zenith of their coloration that is transcendent: they are both dematerializing and intensifying simultaneously. As their bodies become lighter, their color is becoming more and more radiant. I've tried to gather leaves just at this moment when the chroma is so strong it transcends the body of the leaf and becomes a kind of pure light.  It rhymes with the idea of the spirit but in a way that is accessible and earthly.  It's more Emerson than Aquinas."

Born in Bridgeport, CT in 1950, Ms. Hammond received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1972 and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. Her work can be found in over 50 major public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Hammond currently lives and works in New York.

This exhibition at The FLAG Art Foundation was organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

A detail from Fallen may be viewed at  

About The FLAG Art Foundation

The FLAG Art Foundation is an exhibition space for contemporary art. The program includes three to five professionally-curated shows each year by established and emerging international artists. We are on the 9th and 10th floors of the Chelsea Arts Tower, located in the heart of New York's art district on 25th Street between 10th and 11th avenues.

FLAG provides a unique educational environment in which visitors can view, contemplate, and engage in active dialogue with the artworks. Curators select and borrow from a variety of sources to include a wide range of work in each exhibition. FLAG is also a resource that facilitates loans of contemporary artworks to museums around the world. An extensive database of available works is maintained and made available to curators via


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