Monday, January 6, 2014

Pax Americana

Pax Americana is a term applied to the historical concept of relative peace... resulting from the preponderance of power enjoyed by the United States" (Wikipedia) -- relative peace? we can be the judge of that.

This billboard sits in the wealthy Anwarpet borough of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. In the illustration, medical paraphernalia outfits a monument of America -- the Statue of Liberty, in this case -- rather than a monument of some other nation state.

"The Citizens of Toronto dedicate these arches to the millions who struggled including Canadians, to gain and defend freedom...Only in freedom can the Human Spirit soar. Against the Human drive for freedom nothing can long successed.  This plaque is mounted on a slab of the Berlin Wall."  Freedom Arches, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Canada

Pictured here are slaves being freed, on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC in a travelling exhibit entitled Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship.  The inscription below the picture reads that on October 17, 1717 "after seven months in a dark cell, the captured survivors from the Mary Anne face the full glare of a Boston courtroom".

both paintings by Kerry James Marshall at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  On the left is Our Town (1995) -- "Is the aproned lady who waves good-bye the lady of the house -- or a domestic?"  On the right is Bang (1994) -- " The painting is filled with patriotic symbols... The pledge of allegiance... doves... revolutionary war banner... shining diadem in the girl's head evokes the Statue of LIberty... yet... houses are without windows... plume of smoke from a Weber grill pollutes the scene.  A hose coils around the girls leges..."

Puppet Drawing (2000) by William Kentridge of South Africa at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC
"This building holds in trust the records of our national life and symbolizes our faith in the permance of our national institutions" -- US National Archives in Washington DC

declaration of JD's -- Drink the District party at 500 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC

Poster art in Lima, Peru. Photo courtesy of friends -- a couple, she is a fellow classmate conducting doctoral research here and he is a graphic design artist.

“The visual of American aid to Russia was painted by a Russian schoolchild.”
American Relief Administration in Russia, circa 1920, Hoover Poster collection, Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California

“The United States and Canada sent flour to Belgium [for the Commission for Relief in Belgium]. In gratitude Belgian women and girls embroidered the empty sacks and sent many to [future President Herbert] Hoover… Decorated sacks were often sold to raise additional money for the Belgian children.”
Global Assault on Hunger, circa 1914 to 1915, Hoover Tower exhibit, Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California

This flag "reflects the growing influence of Latino and immigrant culture on California and the United States... especially relevant now as the country is redefining itself in  its rethinking of old 'melting pot' ideologies and disillusionment with the American dream. Just as we ask... what it means to be a Mission District resident, we must rethink... what it means to be a United States citizen." Study for 2050 U.S. Flag (2012) by Victor de la Rosa in an exhibition entitled 'Mi Barrio Es Tu Barrio' at the Galeria de La Raza in the Mission District of San Francisco, California

wall mural that depicts numerous religious symbols and iconography.  Displayed here at Maimonide of Brooklyn restaurant in Brooklyn, New York (see Photo courtesy of a lovely friend whose heart is always with the East Coast.

a fair that features home-grown inventions of all varieties -- Maker Faire in Kansas City, Missouri (see

flag hand-stitched by American Prisoners of War in Tokyo using parachutes that dropped food and supplies circa 1945, at the Harry. S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.
buy a piece of the Free World in the Free Market -- celebrating consumerism on Memorial Day Weekend at Old Navy on State Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Memorial Day flair in Rogers Park (on Highland Avenue at Greenview Avenue) in Chicago, Illinois

Kanye West in Chinatown in San Francisco, California
intersection of Michigan Avenue and Whacker in Chicago, Illinois

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina
National Museum of Mexican Art in the Pilsen borough of Chicago, Illinois
Checkpoint Charlie -- "crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War" (Wikipedia)-- in Berlin, Germany

Pacific Grove, California

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