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In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry

1998 Irvin Tepper Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1947 porcelain 11 x 9 x 8 in. (27.9 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 2001.34 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Quote

"Entire groups of dysfunctional cups are being stacked and arranged, creating a sensation of emotion out of control. A frozen moment of destruction, much like the power of an earthquake or explosion." Artist's statement, The Sybaris Gallery, September 1997

Luce Center Label

Irvin Tepper's interest in teacups began with drawings made in 1975, which eventually led to porcelain pieces. In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry is from a series the artist began in 1998, Tears for the Twentieth Century. His teacups are symbols of human interaction, objects that have witnessed many private conversations. The artist presents two cracked and broken cups in this sculpture to create a sense of age and wear and tear resulting from listening to so many conversations.


Object - other - dish

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Irvin Tepper

Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1947