Untitled (Frustula Series)
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northwest, 4th Floor
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. (53.3 × 27.9 × 44.5 cm)
component b: 12 1/2 × 15 × 16 in. (31.8 × 38.1 × 40.6 cm)
component C: 22 1/2 × 6 × 15 in. (57.2 × 15.2 × 38.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Arden Scott, 2017
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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
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