The Ticket Office

  • Philip C. Curtis, The Ticket Office, 1973, oil on gesso board, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist, 2001.51.1

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Philip C. Curtis often painted buildings, costumes, and objects that evoke the past. The Ticket Office suggests a moment frozen in time, as if a forest had grown around the woman in the booth while she stared dreamily into space. The ornate gold decoration recalls a nineteenth-century theater or circus. It appears abandoned, a remnant of days gone by that was forgotten when everybody else moved on.

Luce Object Quote
"I'm questioning so many things that I feel should be questioned about life and what our place as human beings should be or could be. I continue to ask these questions. I don't solve them." The artist, quoted in Philip C. Curtis, An American Original, 1993, video directed by Ken Marsolais, Phoenix Art Museum
Title
The Ticket Office
Artist
Date
1973
On View
Dimensions
26 x 17 3/4 in. (66.0 x 45.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of the artist

Mediums Description
oil on gesso board
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – theater
  • Landscape – forest
  • Fantasy
  • Figure female – waist length
Object Number
2001.51.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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