The vision of 100 hand-made Indian elephants migrating across America in my mind, is a monumental, cinematic and moving work of performance art. Each elephant is a sculpture of a real elephant with its own name that coexists with the indigenous communities in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India. I see these elephant sculptures descending from the superb 16th to 18th Century Royal elephant portrait paintings, where every elephant had its own name.

Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Dodie Kazanjian has covered and written about artists and the art world for Vogue since 1989. She is the founding director of Gallery Met, the non-profit contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera. Her books include Icons: The Absolutes of Style, Dodie Goes Shopping, and also Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman, co-authored with her husband Calvin Tomkins. From 1981 to 1983, she was Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan, at the White House. She left to join the National Endowment for the Arts, where she started a quarterly magazine called ArtsReview. At the same time, she served as Washington Editor of House & Garden. She lives in New York City.