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Statue of Liberty

1989 Gregorio Marzan Born: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 1906 Died: New York, New York 1997 mixed media: plaster, fabric, glue, light bulb, Elmer's Glue caps, and wig 64 1/2 x 30 x 7 in. (163.8 x 76.2 x 17.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.72 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25B


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Like many immigrants to the United States, Gregorio Marzan considered the Statue of Liberty an important symbol of freedom. He created many versions of the statue and in this piece portrayed Lady Liberty in heavy make-up and gaudy clothing. Marzan’s use of found objects, including the glue caps in the crown, relates to the Latin American tradition of creating personal shrines and totems from everyday objects.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Monument - statue - Statue of Liberty

sculpture

folk art

adhesive

fabric

mixed media

plaster