The Last Supper
November 21, 2021 10:17 PM   Subscribe

Julie Green (NYT obituary) spent the last two decades working on a monumental art project, The Last Supper, which chronicles the last meals of people about to be executed by the state in the USA. Each installment is a plate painted with an image of the last meal in cobalt blue glaze. She planned to stop the project when the death penalty was outlawed or she finished the thousandth plate, whichever came first. She finished the thousandth plate in September and ended her own life via physician-assisted suicide a few weeks later, on October 12th. Her plates are currently on display at the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, WA.
posted by potrzebie (55 comments total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
 
{ snapshot of the nytimes link: https://archive.md/eJrCW }
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I've rarely seen a recently deceased person who better deserves a .
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posted by They sucked his brains out! at 12:23 AM on November 22


The most moving of these are the ones under "Exonerated" -- in full color.
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posted by lalochezia at 5:12 AM on November 22 [2 favorites]


Oh my goodness. Everything about this story is so moving. What a project. Thanks for posting.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:14 AM on November 22 [3 favorites]


In Arkansas in 1992, a mentally disabled man asked for a pecan pie and, because he didn’t understand the concept of execution, said he intended to save it to eat afterward. What a mission to take on, and the work is exceptional. FFS, America, we must stop this. (We won't stop this.)

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A thousand and one times.
posted by ourobouros at 5:52 AM on November 22 [2 favorites]


Beautiful and terrible. Thanks for posting. It feels appropriate to drop a link to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. We must stop this. We must never give up the fight.
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There are 14 states whose names do not appear on the page. Well done to them at least.
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posted by mcbeth at 7:41 AM on November 22


Jesus.
This is…I don’t have words.
Thank you for posting this.
posted by bookmammal at 7:42 AM on November 22 [3 favorites]


A bowl of peaches.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:43 AM on November 22


Somehow the "meal of the day" ones get to me.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:48 AM on November 22


Thank you, potrzebie. I can’t get over the released man who spent 40 minutes cradling the unexpected gift of an orange after going decades without seeing one.
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I finally understand the why of . because I can’t even imagine what to say about this.


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posted by bq at 9:36 AM on November 22 [2 favorites]


What extraordinary, steady, caring work.


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posted by marlys at 9:37 AM on November 22


Wow.

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posted by carrioncomfort at 10:03 AM on November 22


Incredible, finishing your life's work, with the most condemning outcome to it's conception, then gracefully exits our shithole planet. Should've never gotten to the thousandth plate, she deserves rest but we still have work to do.
posted by GoblinHoney at 10:12 AM on November 22 [3 favorites]


well after seeing the birthday cake (indiana) I think I will be spending the rest of my day VERY drunk indeed.

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Federal - we are not telling.
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This is incredible. Thank you for posting.
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posted by lapolla at 1:22 AM on November 23


Stunning. I plan to see the exhibit in Bellevue WA while it's still there.
posted by travertina at 10:05 AM on November 23


The one that says “no ‘special meal’ request” got me. These are so moving and say so much.
posted by sucre at 5:17 PM on November 23


Some other coverage says Green preferred they/them for pronouns, I’m surprised the NYT didn’t catch that.

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