Jesse Howard, The Saw and the Scroll, 1977-1978, acrylic and crayon on canvas and wood; acrylic on metal and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.26A-B
Largely misunderstood and ridiculed by his neighbors, Howard suffered numerous thefts and his farm was vandalized, including a fire of unknown origin. Never stymied, Howard continued to express his opinions on politics, local happenings, and religion. This sign is one example of Howard's exercise of his First Amendment rights, signed off at the end with earnest wishes from the artist.
"I’m going to speak what I think for as long as I live."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
The Saw and the Scroll
overall: 39 3/4 x 71 x 1 1/2 in. (101.0 x 180.3 x 3.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
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- acrylic and crayon on canvas and wood; acrylic on metal and wood
- Religion – Christianity
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