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Lest We Forget/Untitled (Four Napkins)

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May Sun, b. 1954
Lest We Forget/Untitled (Four Napkins), 1990
Ink on cloth/fabric
13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (34.29 x 34.29 cm)

Object Type: Textile
Technique: printing
Credit Line: Gift of Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin in memory of Marjorie and Leonard Vernon
Accession Number: 2013.23.8

Each year since 1988, art collector, software entrepreneur, and MoMA trustee Peter Norton has commissioned an art edition ot celebrate the holidays. Created by artists represented in the Nortons' own collection, and sent as gifts to personal friends and members of the art community, these art objects are designed to be interactive and playful, and to foster engagement with the world of contemporary art.

MoMA website

Marjorie and Leonard Vernon, who were immensely important collectors of photography in Los Angeles in the second half of the 20th century, were recipients of these gifts.

Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin generously donated these objects to the Scripps College collection.


ink on textile

Object Description
This box contains the Norton Christmas card and four napkins. Printed on each napkin is the portrait of a significant person and a quote by them: Mahatma Gandhi (yellow, bottom right), Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion (green, bottom left), Martin Luther King, Jr. (pink, top left), and Mother Teresa (blue, top right). At the top, center of each napkin are the words “Food for Thought For a New Decade.”

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