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Dancing Couple

ca. 1973 Steve Ashby Born: Delaplane, Virginia 1904 Died: Delaplane, Virginia 1980 carved and painted pine, found objects 9 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (24.8 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

Steve Ashby cut out his sculptures from pieces of plywood and decorated them with model airplane paints and found objects. In Dancing Couple he made the wide, staring eyes by painting two thumbtacks. At first glance, the couple appear to be dancing, but on closer inspection the man’s leering expression and the woman’s defensive pose suggest a more sinister relationship.


Figure female - full length

Figure group

Figure male - full length

Recreation - dancing


folk art



wood - pine