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Alexander A. Maldonado
Waterfront at Night "Spectacular Night"
21 1/4 x 27 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Maldonado had seen Halley's comet as a child in Mexico, before his family immigrated to California, and dreamed of a world beyond the earth. Here, he expresses that memory in this vision of spectacular night skies that spotlights San Francisco's waterfront, where he once worked in the shipyards.