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Woman in Red Dress at Piano

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Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Center Label
Steve Ashby created many sculptures that encouraged the viewer to take part, either by turning a lever or pulling a string. In this piece the woman’s leg can be moved up and down as if she were pushing the piano’s pedals. The magazine cutout on the top of the piano reads “Complement your favor[ite] melodies--Choose from exciting rhythm back grounds including: Latin, jazz, foxtrot, waltz, rock an[d] metronome.” This suggests that Ashby wants the viewer to imagine a favorite piece of music while looking at this piece.
Artist
Steve Ashby, born Delaplane, VA 1904-died Delaplane, VA 1980
Date
ca. 1973
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Medium
carved and painted plywood, found objects, magazine cutouts
Dimensions
6 1/4 x 5 x 4 1/4 in. (15.9 x 12.7 x 10.8 cm.)
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Object number
1997.124.49
Topic
Performing arts\music\piano
Figure female\full length
Object\musical instrument\piano