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Nested Blocks, Model 482

Decorative Arts

Steffani Jemison’s Personal was created for Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, a 2014–15 multigenerational survey of Brooklyn’s artists. Three men—professional actors based in Brooklyn who responded to an ad Jemison placed—move improvisationally through various locations in Bed-Stuy, while the world around them is largely unaffected by their movement. An unfinished mural of President Obama and Nelson Mandela marks a particular political moment, and acts as a momentary backdrop for Jemison’s choreographed contortions of time, space, and sequence, which question notions of linear progress, particularly in relation to Black Americans.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, paper
DATES ca. 1935
DIMENSIONS a: 4 15/16 x 4 13/16 x 4 13/16 in. (12.5 x 12.2 x 12.2 cm) b: 4 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (12.1 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm) c: 4 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in. (11.4 x 10 x 10 cm) d: 4 5/16 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (11 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm) e: 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (10.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm) f: 3 15/16 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. (10 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm)
MARKINGS Box, priinted in red: Front Top: "Holgate Educational Toys/No 482/ Nested Blocks/ Made by/Holgate Brothers Company, Kane, Established 'since 1789' "; Front: " 482 Holgate/ Nested Blocks" Blocks, underside, remains of a gold and black printed circular label: " USA/ TJS [?]
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.80a-f
CREDIT LINE Maria L. Emmons Fund
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