June 3, 2017
Reception Saturday, June 3, 2017 1:00 p.m.
Talbot Hall created the assemblage as a conceptual expression of her feelings about current leadership in America. The use of only European wine corks underscores frustration with the forces that have been unleashed by the behavior of our country's highest officials. The philosopher Paul Woodruff writes that leadership (as opposed to tyranny) happens only when there is virtue. Intellectual rigor, reliance on facts and consensus seeking are necessary traits of good leaders. Talbot Hall says, "Merkel is not impulsive or vain. She is rational and modest. Her behavior is principled and courageous. I launch the 'Angela Merkel' as a message to Americans that we need to demand these qualities in those who govern us."