Monkey Dog

  • Miles Burkholder Carpenter, Monkey Dog, 1967, fabric, wood, metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.236

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Monkey Dog is one of the many animals, both real and imagined, that Miles Carpenter carved out of wood. Along with his “root monsters” and watermelon slices, the monkey dogs are some of the most popular (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). Carpenter enjoyed adding humor to his figures and admitted that sometimes he created ugly animals and did not know what they were. (Jann Malone, “He Manufactures Monsters,” Richmond Times Dispatch, October 6, 1974)

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“If I can make something look funny and ugly, I’m delighted. I just love to watch people look at my stuff and see the pleasure they get from it. The funny looking things---they take to it better.” Miles Carpenter, quoted in James L. Mathis, “Art for Folks,” VCU Magazine, May 1974

Title
Monkey Dog
Artists
Date
1967
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (28.6 x 18.1 x 36.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – monkey
Object Number
1986.65.236
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