Noland appropriated this newspaper photograph of Ruth Ann “Ouisch” Moorehouse (left) and Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme (right), two of the notorious “Manson Girls,” camped outside of the Los Angeles County Courthouse during the widely publicized trial of mass murderer Charles Manson. Both women were arrested on criminal conspiracy charges just after this photo was taken. They look ordinary enough for 1969, smiling and relaxed, not at all like feared criminals. Noland highlights this disconnect by placing the newspaper caption announcing their imminent arrest at a right angle to the image. Noland’s work explores the American public’s fascination with violence, especially through high-profile criminals who gained celebrity status, such as Manson and his followers.

Cady Noland
American, born 1956
Surrounded!!!, 1993–94
Silkscreen on metal
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1995.39.1

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