Carousel Club

MAKER:
Artist

Wayne Gonzales ( American, 1957 )

DATE:
2001
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General Description

The Carousel Club in Dallas was the nightclub owned by Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald after learning of Oswald’s murder of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Taking the scale reminiscent of a billboard, Wayne Gonzales’s painting transforms the mundane details of a cheap ad or matchbook for Ruby’s club into an aggressive reminder of the era in which the JFK tragedy unfolded, and the persistence of this tragic event’s influence into our own era.