Measure of a Man, 2013, Archival Pigment Print. Image depicts the ground where John Wilkes Booth was shot and killed, reproduced life size. Framed to JWB's body dimensions, 5' 8" x 17", and exhibited on the floor of the gallery
MEASURE OF A MAN
When John Wilkes Booth was shot at the site of Garrett's Farm, he had on his person a pair of revolvers, a belt and holster, a large bowie knife, some cartridges, a file, a war map of the Southern states, a spur, a pipe, a Canadian bank draft for 60 pounds, a compass with a leather case, a signal whistle, an almost burned up candle, photographs of five women, and a 1864 date book kept as a diary. The five photographs tucked in the diary were four actresses, Alice Grey, Helen Western, Effie Germon, and Fanny Brown, and his fiancée, Lucy Hale, the daughter of ex-Senator John P. Hale from New Hampshire.
As he died, he looked at his hands and gasped, "Useless, useless."
Installation view at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, August 2013