Abraham and Isaac: In Memory of May 4, 1970, Kent State University

George Segal, American, 1924–2000

Abraham and Isaac: In Memory of May 4, 1970, Kent State University, 1978–79

Cast bronze
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University, partial gift of the Mildred Andrews Fund
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The artist depicts contemporary versions of Abraham and Isaac in an allegory for the May 4, 1970, tragedy at Kent State University. A poignant visualization of humankind's struggle between ideology and paternal love, it mirrors the conflict that led to the death of four students at the hands of the Ohio National Guard. Though Abraham looks poised to strike his son, the artist emphasized that Genesis 22 ends without tragedy, as Isaac is spared.