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Art on the walls, violence in the Capitol

The images of the insurrectionists invading the Capitol were complicated by the backdrop: the art on the walls.


By Victoria Sundell, Molly Alloy, Nathanael Andreini, Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, and Rachel Brumit

Editor’s note: We saw this visual essay from Five Oaks Museum published as a thread on Twitter and Instagram and asked permission to post it on Oregon ArtsWatch. It addresses the discordances—and harmonies—between the invaders of the Capitol Building on January 6 and the art on the building’s walls that provided the backdrop.