River House

  • William Christenberry, River House, 1980, metal, balsa wood, paperboard, linden, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Benjamin P. Nicolette, 1994.92

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William Christenberry bases most of his sculptures on structures that he has seen and photographed in his native Alabama. River House, on the other hand, recalls the artist’s “evocative feeling of a childhood memory” of fishing on the Black Warrior River in West Central Alabama. After spending a lazy morning catching catfish, Christenberry and his father often docked at this riverbank restaurant to enjoy Vienna sausages, crackers, and Coca-Cola.

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“I have fond memories of that building.” William Christenberry, interview, December 2005

Title
River House
Artists
Date
1980
On View
Dimensions
23 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 14 in. (60.3 x 41.9 x 35.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Benjamin P. Nicolette

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – stairs
  • Object – other – sign
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – grocery
Object Number
1994.92
Palette
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