Larry Rivers, Identification Manual, 1964, mixed media and collage on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.250A-C
A white artist creating racially explicit art in the 1960s was controversial, and Rivers liked to give his works clinical, deadpan titles that made the images even more shocking. Identification Manual conveys the difficulty faced by blacks and whites trying to find their way through the heated conflicts of the civil rights movement.
A quotation from Lord Acton, a famously liberal historian in nineteenth-century England, accompanied the title. It read: "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
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73 5/8 x 110 3/8 x 30 in. (187 x 280.3 x 76.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Container Corporation of America
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- mixed media and collage on fiberboard
- Occupation – service – fireman
- Ethnic – African-American
- History – United States – Civil Rights Movement
- History – United States – Black History
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