The Colonel's Cabinet

  • Renée Stout, The Colonel's Cabinet, 1991-1994, mixed media: carpet, chair, painting, and cabinet with found and handmade objects, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Renee Stout, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1994.45.1A-MMM

Exhibition Label

The Colonel’s Cabinet is a narrative of exploration and memory that traces the life of one Colonel Frank. Like the gentleman travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries who created “cabinets of curiosities” filled with artifacts of distant people and places, the fictitious Colonel Frank collected small treasures to remind himself of where he had been and individuals he had met. An invented persona based on Stout’s father, who, she said, brought the world to her shy and introspective mother, the colonel also reflects Stout’s own search for a personal history.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Right Era, and Beyond, 2012

Title
The Colonel's Cabinet
Artist
Date
1991-1994
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 67 1/2 x 60 x 50 1/2 in. (171.5 x 152.4 x 128.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
mixed media: carpet, chair, painting, and cabinet with found and handmade objects
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Object – weapon – dagger
  • Object – art object – sculpture
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Object – written matter – book
  • Object – furniture – cabinet
  • Object – other – container
  • Object – musical instrument – guitar
  • Object – written matter – map
  • Object – art object – photograph
Object Number
1994.45.1A-MMM
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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