The Way We Was

Media - 1997.124.88 - SAAM-1997.124.88_1 - 67478
Copied Herbert Singleton, The Way We Was, 1990, carved and painted wood, metal locks and hinges, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.88

Artwork Details

Title
The Way We Was
Date
1990
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
9738 122 12 in. (246.497.86.4 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, metal locks and hinges
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
Object Number
1997.124.88

Artwork Description

Herbert Singleton was born in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. His art drew heavily on life in a corrosive inner-city neighborhood and addressed, comprehensively, both themes of racial injustice and the rich African-American cultural traditions of his region. Singleton started carving in the 1970s, making canes and relief carvings on old doors, cabinets, and driftwood. “When the river was low, I would find a plank of wood to carve.” Singleton said in 1990. “I would look at it and wonder if someone's house and life fell apart."