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Pleistocene Skeleton

1970 Nancy Graves Born: Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1940 Died: New York, New York 1995 steel, wax, marble dust and acrylic 84 x 120 x 36 in. (213.4 x 304.8 x 91.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1970, The Nancy Graves Foundation 2005.8A-E Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing


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Pleistocene Skeleton plays with perceptions of what is natural and what is invented. Nancy Graves sculpted this deceptively realistic skeleton based on the internal structure of a camel. Graves's abiding fascination with these unique creatures (and nature more generally) began during her childhood visits to the local natural history museum where her father worked. In later years, Graves traveled to North Africa where she observed and filmed herds of camels.

Keywords

Animal - other - skeleton

Animal - unspecified

History - prehistoric

sculpture

About Nancy Graves

Born: Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1940 Died: New York, New York 1995

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