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, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1994.45.1A-MMM, © 1994, Renee Stout

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
The Colonel’s Cabinet
Not on view
overall: 67 126050 12 in. (171.5152.4128.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums Description
mixed media: carpet, chair, painting, and cabinet with found and handmade objects
  • Object – weapon – dagger
  • Object – art object – sculpture
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Object – written matter – book
  • Object – other – container
  • Object – musical instrument – guitar
  • Object – written matter – map
  • Object – art object – photograph
  • Object – furniture – cabinet
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