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Margaret Brassler Kane
Harlem Dancers
1937
marble
29 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist



Margaret Kane recalled that when she created this sculpture, “the darkest days of the Depression were over and World War II had not yet erupted. This was a happy time in my life, and the thought of two figures dancing reflected my festive, energetic mood. …All went well until I reached the section of the stone intended for the woman's dress. A smooth surface here was quite impossible because of the tiny grooves in the marble. …By rare chance my eye [fell] on a tray of unshelled peanuts. At once I knew that a shell-like design for the dress would enhance the entire piece.”