This fourteen panel panorama of Washington, D.C. was completed over a period of nine months, beginning in the fall of 1992 and ending in the spring of 1993. Each photograph was made from a separate vantage within the Clock Tower of the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. It is the first architecturally based panorama of the city made in nearly a century.
This project was commissioned by the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian American Art Museum) which exhibited a larger version of the panorama from April 13 to August 15, 1994. The curator of the exhibition and collaborator on the project was Merry Foresta. A companion book, “Capital View: A New Panorama of Washington, D.C.” was co-published by the Museum and Book Studio, whose director, Stephen Vincent, first proposed the idea of the panorama.
The portfolio was designed and constructed by Beverly Schlee of Tempe, Arizona. The letterpress printer was Ruth Lingen of the Spring Street Workshop, New York. Capital dome drawing by William Wegman.
The Carbo II pigment prints were made by Eercolor Corporation of El Dorado Hills, California in an edition of 50 and 7 artist’s proofs. This set is 2/50. Photographs Copyright Mark Klett, 1992, 1993; Portfolio Copyright Pace/MacGill Gallery 1994.
Views of the Capital:
September 16, 1992:
Freedom Plaza, Treasury, White House – George Herbert Walker Bush, President
The National Cathedral, Commercial buildings facing Pennsylvania Avenue, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
January 19, 1993:
Bunting, the day before Inauguration, Federal Bureau of Investigation
January 20, 1993:
Inaugural Parade, Pennsylvania Ave, United States Capitol
January 21, 1993:
Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, National Gallery of Art
April 19, 1993:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of Natural History
April 20, 1993:
Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jefferson Memorial, National Museum of American History, Washington Monument, Interstate Commerce Building, Lincoln Memorial, Department of Commerce, construction of new federal building, District of Columbia Building, Old Executive Office Building, White House – William Jefferson Clinton, President.
About the Artist: Mark Klett (American, b. 1952) is a photographer interested in making new works that respond to historic images; creating projects that explore relationships between time, change and perception; and exploring the language of photographic media through technology. His background includes working as a geologist before turning to photography. Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. Klett’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally for over thirty-five years, and his work is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author/co-author of fifteen books. Klett lives in Tempe, Arizona where he is Regents’ Professor of Art at Arizona State University.
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