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The Ticket Office

1973 Philip C. Curtis Born: Jackson, Michigan 1907 Died: Scottsdale, Arizona 2000 oil on gesso board 26 x 17 3/4 in. (66.0 x 45.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of the artist 2001.51.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 36B

Luce Center Quote

"I'm questioning so many things that I feel should be questioned about life and what our place as human beings should be or could be. I continue to ask these questions. I don't solve them." The artist, quoted in Philip C. Curtis, An American Original, 1993, video directed by Ken Marsolais, Phoenix Art Museum

Luce Center Label

Philip C. Curtis often painted buildings, costumes, and objects that evoke the past. The Ticket Office suggests a moment frozen in time, as if a forest had grown around the woman in the booth while she stared dreamily into space. The ornate gold decoration recalls a nineteenth-century theater or circus. It appears abandoned, a remnant of days gone by that was forgotten when everybody else moved on.


Architecture Exterior - civic - theater


Figure female - waist length

Landscape - forest