Glad You Dead You Rascal You

  • Herbert Singleton, Glad You Dead You Rascal You, ca. 1990, painted cypress, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.87

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This carving by Herbert Singleton shows a New Orleans jazz funeral, with mourners walking slowly behind the procession and musicians dancing ahead (Lynda Hartigan, African American Art: Recent Acquisitions, 1999/2000). Many of Singleton’s paintings depict African American life in New Orleans, emphasizing the city’s problems with drugs, shootings, and prostitution. The title of this piece is a line adapted from the 1929 song written by jazz musician Sam Theard and made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Title
Glad You Dead You Rascal You
Artist
Date
ca. 1990
Location
Dimensions
22 1/4 x 69 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 177.2 x 3.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted cypress
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Ceremony – funeral
Object Number
1997.124.87
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Glad You Dead You Rascal You
about 1990, painted cypress

HERBERT SINGLETON
Born: New Orleans, Louisiana 1945– Died: New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

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