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HEAVY HEAVY HANGS OVER THY HEAD

Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

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Scratched into the lithographic stone, the words of a children’s game—’HEAVY HEAVY HANGS OVER THY HEAD’—prophesies doom as a mouse gnaws a cord attached to a rifle suspended from a nail over a sleeping baby. Rockwell Kent created this print in 1946, but in our present age of Columbine, Sandy Hook, and heartbreakingly far too many other gun massacres to name, this shocking image speaks to us forcefully. Donated to the Art Center by Print Club in 2002, this extraordinary print gives its name to this exhibition. Read more.

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