Untitled (Frustula Series)
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
After working in public health in New Jersey and studying parasitology at Columbia University, Buchanan began making art in New York in the late 1970s. Establishing herself through the mentorship of Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden, Buchanan found success in the contemporary art world, where she was included in several groundbreaking feminist exhibitions and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Buchanan took a particular interest in the revelatory nature of ruins and their ability to expose the histories of a place and its former inhabitants. To make her multipart Frustula works, the artist cast pigmented concrete in molds she constructed from milk cartons. Borrowing a term from her work in biology for the structural casing of a cell wall, Buchanan conceived the Frustula as representations of ruins and time, striated deposits of history meant to commemorate quiet, often overlooked historical moments.
Weight of all three components together: 625 lb. (283.5kg)
component a: 21 × 11 × 17 1/2 in., 245 lb. (53.3 × 27.9 × 44.5 cm)
component b: 12 1/2 × 15 × 16 in., 215 lb. (31.8 × 38.1 × 40.6 cm)
component c: 22 1/2 × 6 × 15 in., 142 lb. (57.2 × 15.2 × 38.1 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of Arden Scott, 2017
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will assist if we can.
Beverly Buchanan (American, 1940-2015). Untitled (Frustula Series), ca. 1978. Concrete, Weight of all three components together: 625 lb. (283.5kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arden Scott, 2017, 2017.9a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2017.9a-c_WWAR_in_situ_PS11.jpg)
in situ, 2017.9a-c_WWAR_in_situ_PS11.jpg., 2018
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.