The Drum and the Dance

Media - 1997.76.1 - SAAM-1997.76.1_1 - 69805
Copied Judy Pfaff, The Drum and the Dance, 1996, mixed intaglio and lithograph on paper, with artist-designed custom frame, 10 1875 12 in. (25.7191.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David M. Maxfield, 1997.76.1

Artwork Details

The Drum and the Dance
Tandem Press
Not on view
10 1875 12 in. (25.7191.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David M. Maxfield
Mediums Description
mixed intaglio and lithograph on paper, with artist-designed custom frame
  • Abstract
  • Figure — fragment — hand
  • Performing arts — music — drum
Object Number

Artwork Description

The Drum and the Dance is one of twelve prints inspired by Pfaff’s travels to Japan. The long, narrow horizontal shape of the prints in this group recalls the format of Chinese scrolls. Some of the shapes suggest sound or shock waves; other forms suggest musical scores and miniature solar systems. Asian allusions include palmistry, wiring from Hindu account ledgers and Tibetan medical books, as well as popular and folk art. Forms recur in more than one print as new elements are introduced. Each print is framed with its own hand-stenciled, painted, and silver leafed frame, inspired by the Book of Kells, and relating to the imagery found in that print.

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