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A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution

1987 Ginny Ruffner Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1952 glass and acrylic paint 19 1/4 x 13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (48.8 x 35.3 x 24.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken 1999.57.17 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

Luce Center Quote

"In weaving seemingly disparate elements together in my sculpture, I have worked to develop a language of those long-stretch connections, this gestalt of the absurd." Ginny Ruffner

Luce Center Label

Ginny Ruffner's sculptures take the viewer on a bizarre and fantastical journey through her stories. In A Girl's Guide to Fashion Evolution, Ruffner explores what it means to be female. The ribbons, jewelry, and lace seem frivolous when placed next to objects that evoke adventure and excitement, such as a pyramid, campfire, or squid.


Architecture - other - campsite

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Dress - accessory - shoe

Emblem - heart

Monument - tomb - pyramid

Object - furniture - chair

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About Ginny Ruffner

Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1952

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