Title :

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier : memory, mourning and national memorials

Author :
LIPSTADT, Hélène ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Compares and contrasts the two monuments, the Tomb dating from 1928-1930 (Arlington National Cemetery), and the Vietnam memorial by Maya Lin in Washington from 1980-1982, in terms of their relationships to traditional memorializing strategies. Asserts that both eschew martial and national symbolism and are radical reconceptualizations of the war memorial. They share analogous aesthetic qualities of simplicity, minimalism, and essentiality in their use of materials and the capacity to reanimate memories, comfort the bereaved, and engender healing. Similarly, both were appropriated through ritual and ceremonies invented by those who use them. This paper applies and illustrates a methodology for memory studies expansive enough to recover the conceptions and beliefs that motivated the construction of any monument, however distant and foreign might be the experiences that made their erection desired or contested, and to reanimate the memories motivating political ideals that sustained the monuments' builders. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Arlington (VA, USA), Arlington National Cemetery ; Deuil ; Etats-Unis ; Lin, Maya Ying, n.1959 ; Monument aux morts ; Mémoire ; Nationalisme ; Sculpture ; Tombeau du soldat inconnu ; Washington, DC (USA), Vietnam Veterans Memorial ; 1900-2000 ; 1928-1982 ;
Descriptors :
Arlington (VA, USA), Arlington National Cemetery ; Lin, Maya Ying, b.1959 ; Memory ; Mourning ; Nationalism ; Sculpture ; Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ; United States ; War memorials ; Washington, DC (USA), Vietnam Veterans Memorial ; 1900-2000 ; 1928-1982 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975686 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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