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Classroom with Three Figures

Classroom with Three Figures
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Artist
Lavern Kelley, born Oneonta, NY 1928-died Cooperstown, NY 1998
Date
1979, 1984-1987
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art
Medium
white pine, plywood, brass, and plastic
Dimensions
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.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1989.92A-L
Gallery Label
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
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Usage
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