Honeymoon Motel

  • Darryl Abraham, Honeymoon Motel, 1973, mixed media: wood, plaster and waterbase paint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.22

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Darryl Abraham based Honeymoon Motel on a motel near Niagara Falls, which has long been known as the honeymoon capital of the world. The artist first saw the building during a road trip with his father along Route 15 in upstate New York. Years later, Abraham remembered the motel, which has since closed down, and created this sculpture to symbolize what can happen to a marriage when the excitement of the honeymoon is over. The crumbling slates and ramshackle railings offer newlyweds a wry warning of the dangers of neglecting their relationship.

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"Honeymoon Motel . . . was colorful, intriguing, inviting and robust and it seemed appropriate to memorialize its sense of promise in a piece of art." Letter from the artist, 2004
Honeymoon Motel
Not on view
12 7/8 x 23 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (32.6 x 60.3 x 34.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
mixed media: wood, plaster and waterbase paint on paper
  • Architecture Exterior – ruins
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – hotel
  • Figure male – full length
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