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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Ann Telnaes (b. 1960). So, Which One of You Gets to Endure Centuries of 2nd Class Status and Being Legally Considered the Property of Your Husband? November 21, 2003. Ink brush over pink pencil and graphite underdrawing with opaque white. Gift of the artist, 2004. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (032.01.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–04713© Ann Telnaes

Perspectives on Marriage

Drawing with streamlined elegance, Ann Telnaes achieves a perfect balance between main figures, setting, and decorative detail in this scene that at first appears to celebrate the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that gay couples have the right to marry. However, Telnaes wryly observed that the traditional view of marriage between a man and a woman has resulted in second class citizenship for many people in America for a long time.