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Radical Love, Chelsea Manning

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
2016
Medium: 
3D printed “sandstone”
Dimensions: 
Each (portrait mask, approx.): 8 × 6 × 6 in. (20.3 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 
Credit Line: 
Purchase, 20th- and 21st-Century Acquisition Fund
Object Number: 
2017.46ab
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Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 
Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2016
eMuseum Object ID: 
82414
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Maquette for The Katastwóf Karavan

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
2017
Medium: 
Painted laser-cut stainless steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 × 14 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (23.5 × 37.5 × 14 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Black painted laser-cut stainless steel maquette for The Katastwóf Karavan, a horse-drawn calliope with silhouetted images on all sides.

Credit Line: 
Purchase, Coaching Club Acquisition Fund
Object Number: 
2017.64
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Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

In February 2018, Kara Walker unveiled a major public art project at the Prospect.4 international art exhibition in New Orleans: The Katastwóf Karavan, a calliope (steam organ) housed in a horse-drawn wagon. The calliope will be Walker’s first public art project since "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby," the colossal sugar Sphinx figure featuring a kerchiefed head of a mammy figure, caused a sensation in 2014. Staged in the defunct Williamsburg Domino Sugar factory, Sugar Baby was the largest single piece of public art ever erected in New York City and attracted some 130,000 visitors during its two-month installation.

Walker was inspired to create her ambitious new work during a recent visit to Algiers Point on the banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans, a site where slaves were once quarantined before being auctioned, and where, more recently, black men were shot on sight by white vigilantes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Walking down a picturesque street in Algiers Point, she was startled by the deafening, alien sound of the steam calliope aboard the riverboat Natchez, which stimulated the concept for this project. She collaborated with avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, who composed spirituals for the calliope—an instrument associated with nineteenth-century riverboats and circuses—and performed them live during the Prospect exhibition. The wagon, named after the Haitian word for catastrophe (Katastwóf), was sited at Algiers Point.

Walker’s full-size calliope is housed in a stainless steel body on wooden wheels and pulled by four horses. Its sides and ends are laser cut in a manner that recalls her signature medium, cut-paper silhouettes. The provocative subject matter is also typical of Walker: unflinching imagery addressing the legacy of slavery, violence, sexual desire, and racial stereotyping, executed in a style evoking antebellum romanticized scenes of plantation life.

The California-born Walker earned a BFA at the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. She burst onto the art scene in 1994 in a group exhibition at the Drawing Center with her large cut-paper silhouette installation "Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred B’tween the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart," incorporating caricatured antebellum figures engaged in violent and sexual interactions. In addition to silhouettes, Walker works in drawing, sculpture, film, and video. In 1997, at the age of 28, she became the youngest recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant.

This example is number 14 of a limited edition of 30 stainless steel maquettes.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2017
eMuseum Object ID: 
83471
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Abraham Varick (1750-1810)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Wax bas-relief under glass
Dimensions: 
Overall (Oval): 4 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (11.7 x 9.5 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. William H. Russell
Object Number: 
1971.12
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1805
eMuseum Object ID: 
69003
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

George Barrell Cheever, D.D. (1807-1890)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Plaster cameo
Dimensions: 
Overall (Oval): 1 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.8 x 3.8 cm)
Description: 
Bas-relief portrait
Credit Line: 
Gift of G.F. McNamee
Object Number: 
1911.33
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1855
eMuseum Object ID: 
69002
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bust (sketch) of Abraham Lincoln

Classification: 
Date: 
2011
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 x 12 x 10 in. (55.9 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ivan Schwartz
Object Number: 
2011.33b
Gallery Label: 
This bust was created as a preparatory sketch for the life-size statue of Abraham Lincoln installed on the Central Park West steps of the New-York Historical Society in November, 2011. The bronze statue was commissioned by the New-York Historical Society and executed by the Brooklyn firm StudioEIS. A companion statue of Frederick Douglass was created for the 77th Street entrance; together, the two figures bring to life the story of freedom that is deeply embedded in our history and is a primary focus of the Historical Society's programs.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2011
eMuseum Object ID: 
68192
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

Classification: 
Date: 
1902
Medium: 
Plaster with light brown patination
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 9 3/4 x 1 in. (30.5 x 24.8 x 2.5 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Pam B. Schafler in loving memory of Sidney Bressler
Object Number: 
2011.34
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed, recto, upper left, in raised letters: EDWARD EVERETT HALE Inscribed, recto, lower left, Copyright, 1902, by George T. Tobin Inscribed, verso, center: No. 1 / Sept. 18th / 1902 The plaster is accompanied by a brown paper wrapper, inscribed in black ink, possibly in the artist's hand: Edward Everett (torn)[Hale] / No. 1 Plaster cast of / Medallion used for / the bronze reproduction / in the Harvard Club. / N.Y.
Gallery Label: 

George T. Tobin was born in Weybridge, Vermont and studied with George de Forrest Brush at the Art Students League. He was primarily know as an illustrator and lived for many years in New Rochelle where he was a founder of the New Rochelle Art Association along with F.X. Leyendecker, J.C. Leyendecker, Frederick Dana Marsh, Edward Penfield, and Norman Rockwell.

The great American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman, Edward Everett Hale was a child prodigy. He entered Harvard at the age of thirteen, the youngest in the class of 1839, and graduated second in his class. Hale was the grand-nephew of the Revolutionary War martyr, Nathan Hale. He married Emily Baldwin Perkins, the niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher.

Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1902
eMuseum Object ID: 
68159
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Bust (sketch) of Frederick Douglass

Classification: 
Date: 
2011
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 x 12 x 10 in. (55.9 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ivan Schwartz
Object Number: 
2011.33a
Gallery Label: 
This bust was created as a preparatory sketch for the life-size statue of Frederick Douglass installed on the 77th Street steps of the New-York Historical Society in November, 2011. The bronze statue was commissioned by the New-York Historical Society and executed by the Brooklyn firm StudioEIS. A companion statue of Abraham Lincoln was created for the Central Park West entrance; together, the two figures bring to life the story of freedom that is deeply embedded in our history and is a primary focus of the Historical Society's programs.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
2011
eMuseum Object ID: 
68157
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Dormouse

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1959
Medium: 
Bronze cast with dark patina mounted on wooden base
Dimensions: 
Overall (without base): 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 9 in. (22.2 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm) Base: 1 1/2 x 6 x 6 1/2 in. (3.8 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm
Description: 
Maquette for the Central Park monument: Alice in Wonderland
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2009.40
Gallery Label: 
This is a bronze cast of the Dormouse that appears in Jose de Creeft's monumental bronze, Alice in Wonderland. The artist's wife says that it was intended as a wry and humorous version of the ubiquitous New York City rat. The sculpture has been an icon of Central Park since its installation in 1959.
Date Begin: 
1959
Date End: 
1959
eMuseum Object ID: 
65076
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Head of Alice in Wonderland

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1959
Medium: 
Patinated plaster cast mounted on wooden base
Dimensions: 
Overall (without base): 25 x 21 x 12 in. (63.5 x 53.3 x 30.5 cm) Base: 4 x 22 7/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.2 x 58.1 x 16.5 cm)
Description: 
Maquette for the Central Park monument: Alice in Wonderland
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2009.39
Gallery Label: 
This plaster is a patinated full size unique cast of the head of Jose de Creeft's monumental bronze, Alice in Wonderland. The sculpture has been an icon of Central Park since its installation in 1959. Alice's features are a combination of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and de Creeft's own then-8-year-old daughter, Donna Marie.
Date Begin: 
1959
Date End: 
1959
eMuseum Object ID: 
65075
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Swing Low: A Harriet Tubman memorial

Collections: 
Classification: 
Date: 
2007
Medium: 
Cast bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 1/4 x 24 x 13 1/2 in. (56.5 x 61 x 34.3 cm)
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2009.34
Gallery Label: 
The Harriet Tubman bronze figure was the model for the 13 foot high monument erected in Harlem at West 122nd St. and St. Nicholas Avenue in 2007. The installation was dedicated on November 13, 2008. Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, in Dorchester County Maryland 1822-1913) was a key figure in the movement of escaping slaves from South to North and Canada, and herself escaped from Maryland in 1849. She made an estimated 13 trips back South to help approximately 70 other people to escape. During the Civil War she became a scout, spy and nurse. She worked with the South Carolina Volunteers commanded by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Colonel James Montgomery, and helped approximately 730 slaves on a rice plantation escape during a Union raid up the Combahee River in South Carolina. She later founded a home for African American aged people in Auburn New York, which is now a site commemorating her legacy, run for the AME Zion Church to which she belonged. This cast is number 3 of an edition of 9.
Date Begin: 
2007
Date End: 
2007
eMuseum Object ID: 
64912
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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