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Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring

1995 Barbara Walter Born: Clarendon Hills, Illinois 1952 cast, roll-printed, and fabricated sterling silver 2 3/8 x 1 x 1 1/8 in. (6.0 x 2.5 x 2.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sylvia and Eric Elsesser 2002.72.5 Not currently on view

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"Sometimes what seems to be the most direct method, verbal communication, can become the most confusing and misunderstood." Artist quoted in Touch of a Finger; Turn of a Phrase: Ring Toys of Barbara Walter

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Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring plays on the tradition of the high school or college ring. The ring depicts a miniature octagonal building with a dome, which opens to reveal a gentleman dressed in business attire and an overcoat. Like the traditional class ring, this piece has numbers on each side of the central element, but the Roman numerals make us think of the Ivy League colleges associated with the upper class. By calling our attention to the appearance and manners of the rich, Barbara Walter invites us to question the changeable meanings of the word "class."


Architecture Exterior - education - university

Figure male - bust

Object - written matter

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

About Barbara Walter

Born: Clarendon Hills, Illinois 1952

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