reproduction of Frieze of Prophets
Reproduction of Frieze of Prophets, Association Publications, Boston, Boston Public Library
In the contexts of the McClain High School gallery, the YWCA performance, and the JCC library, those who appropriated Sargent believed that they were reiterating his art. But in creating a series of diverse afterlives for Sargent’s prophets, each new public enriched and changed future understandings of Sargent’s “originals.” Curiously, the central ideal of egalitarian subjectivity that Sargent claimed for Triumph of Religion extended an implicit, though in all likelihood unintentional, invitation for others to invest it with just these sorts of new personal, cultural, and institutional meanings.
The Triumph of Religion