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Glad You Dead You Rascal You

ca. 1990 Herbert Singleton Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1945 Died: New Orleans, Louisiana 2007 painted cypress 22 1/4 x 69 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 177.2 x 3.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.87 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 24B



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This carving by Herbert Singleton shows a New Orleans jazz funeral, with mourners walking slowly behind the procession and musicians dancing ahead (Lynda Hartigan, African American Art: Recent Acquisitions, 1999/2000). Many of Singleton’s paintings depict African American life in New Orleans, emphasizing the city’s problems with drugs, shootings, and prostitution. The title of this piece is a line adapted from the 1929 song written by jazz musician Sam Theard and made famous by Louis Armstrong.

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Ceremony - funeral

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group

sculpture

folk art

paint

wood - cypress

About Herbert Singleton

Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1945 Died: New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

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