Statue of Liberty

Media - 1997.124.72 - SAAM-1997.124.72_1 - 53669
Copied Gregorio Marzan, Statue of Liberty, 1989, mixed media: plaster, fabric, glue, light bulb, Elmer's Glue caps, and wig, 64 12307 in. (163.876.217.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.72

Artwork Details

Title
Statue of Liberty
Date
1989
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
64 12307 in. (163.876.217.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Mediums Description
mixed media: plaster, fabric, glue, light bulb, Elmer's Glue caps, and wig
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress — accessory — jewelry
  • Monument — statue — Statue of Liberty
Object Number
1997.124.72

Artwork Description

Like many immigrants to the United States, Gregorio Marzan considered the Statue of Liberty an important symbol of freedom. He created many versions of the statue and in this piece portrayed Lady Liberty in heavy make-up and gaudy clothing. Marzan’s use of found objects, including the glue caps in the crown, relates to the Latin American tradition of creating personal shrines and totems from everyday objects.

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