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Classroom with Three Figures

1979, 1984-1987 Lavern Kelley Born: Oneonta, New York 1928 Died: Cooperstown, New York 1998 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.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1989.92A-L Not currently on view


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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 Kelley

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Figure group - female and child

Object - furniture - desk

Object - written matter - book

Occupation - education - student

Occupation - education - teacher

sculpture

folk art

metal - brass

plastic

wood - pine

wood - plywood