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Memory Rendering of the Man on the Moon

Artist:
Vik Muniz (Brazilian, born Sao Paulo, 1961)
Date:
1990
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
39.2 x 27.2 cm. (15 7/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.323.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© Vik Muniz
Not on view
In his Memory Renderings series, Muniz took as his starting point images etched in collective memory such as Neil Armstrong on the moon, the Kent State shootings, and Eddie Adams' photograph Vietnamese General Executing a Viet Cong. Redrawn from memory, without the aid of a reproduction, these images were then rephotographed and printed through a halftone screen. The memory-mediated image was thus recycled as a halftone print--which is how such images are dispersed into the world.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on print, recto, BRC: "VIK MUNIZ 3/3//Memory Rendering Man in [sic.] the moon 1990"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 48".

Muniz, Vik. Seeing is Believing. 1st ed. Santa Fe: International Center of Photography, 1998. p. 52.



See "The Best of Life," NY: Time-Life Books, 1973, p. 121, "Lunar Visitor [Edwin Aldrin]," photograph by Neil Armstrong.
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