CADY NOLANDUntitled Xerox Cut-Out (Patty in Church)
- Cady Noland
- Untitled Xerox Cut-Out (Patty in Church)
- photocopied cut-out stapled to paper
- 9 1/2 by 12 in. (24.1 by 30.5 cm.)
In February 1974, Patricia (Patty) Hearst, the 19-year-old granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley by members of a left-wing revolutionary group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Two months later, Hearst publicly announced that she had joined the SLA. A photograph of her holding a semi-automatic rifle during a bank robbery in San Francisco was subsequently published on the cover of Newsweek.
In the late 1980s, Cady Noland began using press photographs to explore a dark side of American culture: the transformation of criminals into celebrities through mass media and a fascination with violence. For the present work, Noland reproduced a frequently published photograph of a young Patty Hearst at church. She used photocopied paper to retain the mass-produced feel of newsprint and mimicked newspaper layout by stapling it to a backing paper.
Noland often juxtaposed this image with the Newsweek image of Hearst as a revolutionary in large silkscreens mounted to aluminum. Examples of these silkscreens exist in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.