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Created by:
Shaun Leonardo, American, born 1979  Search this
Subject of:
Rodney Glen King, American, 1965 - 2012  Search this
Los Angeles Police Department, American, founded 1869  Search this
charcoal on paper with mirror tint on frame
H x W (Sheet): 30 × 45 in. (76.2 × 114.3 cm)
H x W x D (Frame): 31 1/2 × 46 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (80 × 118.1 × 3.8 cm)
Place depicted:
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
A framed charcoal drawing on white fibrous paper depicting a scene from the video of the Los Angeles Police Department officers brutally beating Rodney King in 1991. The drawing has a black background with King's car in white. The eleven officers present at the scene are drawn blurred in charcoal with white highlights, as they appeared in the video footage. The image of King on the ground at the center of the drawing has been removed and a mirror tint glaze applied on the underside of the frame glass, allowing the viewer to be reflected in King's place.
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Police brutality  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Shaun Leonardo
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture