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Classroom with Three Figures

Classroom with Three Figures
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Lavern Kelley, born Oneonta, NY 1928-died Cooperstown, NY 1998
1979, 1984-1987
Folk Art
white pine, plywood, brass, and plastic
overall: 36 3/8 x 30 1/8 x 45 in. (92.4 x 76.5 x 114.3 cm.) base: 25 1/4 x 30 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (64.2 x 76.6 x 3.8 cm.) A (teacher): 32 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 10 1/4 in. (82.6 x 27.7 x 26.1 cm.) B (boy): 24 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (62.2 x 14.3 x 8.6 cm.) C (girl): 24 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (62.6 x 14.0 x 7.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
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Sharing the sentiment of cartoonist Bill Watterson that, "people who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children," Lavern Kelley's piece recalls the perceived captivity of the grade school experience. "Whatever I do, I want it to be my own thoughts and methods, not somebody else’s."—Lavern KelleyExhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
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