The Colonel's Cabinet

  • Renée Stout, The Colonel's Cabinet, 1991-1994, mixed media, furniture, musical instrument, toy, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Renee Stout, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1994.45.1A-MMM

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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
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overall: 67 1/2 x 60 x 50 1/2 in. (171.5 x 152.4 x 128.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

  • 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
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