The Rosetta Stone: Unexpected Archaeology and Childhood Artifact as Artistic Metaphor

Artist: Joe Reifer
Venue: Sixth Grade History
Title: The Rosetta Stone
Created: 1982, Los Angeles
Medium: Plywood, clay, acrylic paint, typewriter correction fluid
Associated Work: History paper on the Rosetta Stone (missing)

Stored in Los Angeles from 1982-2008. Loaned multiple times to local students between 1989-2006. According to the curator, this artifact never received a grade of less than an A. The Rosetta Stone was professionally boxed and moved to Arizona in 2009. Moved in the same archival container to the Palm Springs area in 2016. Excavated and photographed by the artist on October 23, 2016, and subsequently destroyed.

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