Run, Jane, Run!

Media - 2021.51 - SAAM-2021.51_1 - 143158
Copied Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Run, Jane, Run!, 2004, woven cotton, linen, barbed wire, caution tape, overall: 120 in. × 67 58 in. (304.8 × 171.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Alturas Foundation, 2021.51, © 2004, Consuelo J. Underwood

Artwork Details

Run, Jane, Run!
overall: 120 in. × 67 58 in. (304.8 × 171.8 cm)
© 2004, Consuelo J. Underwood
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Museum purchase made possible by the Alturas Foundation
Mediums Description
woven cotton, linen, barbed wire, caution tape
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Artwork Description

Fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood has made weavings about immigration at the US-Mexico border for much of her career. Her father was an undocumented field worker in California, and her family regularly crossed the border. In the early 1990s, while driving along the 405 Freeway in San Diego, Jimenez Underwood became distraught at the sight of an “Immigrant Crossing” sign of parents running with a small child. She began depicting this motif threaded with barbed wire, caution tape, and yellow cotton into many of her weavings. This tapestry pays homage to the families killed on the highway and emphasizes their humanity. The title, Run, Jane, Run!, references the Dick and Jane reading primers for young children. 


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