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Mardi Gras

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Smith, Charles, 1940-
mixed media concrete
Smith created this found object and cement figure to commemorate the art of costume making that some African Americans participate in during Mardi Gras celebrations throughout New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. He describes them as "exceptionally gifted, they work on these costumes all year, and some of them weigh as much as 100lbs." The sculpture has two faces (one with a wide grin) and raised arms that are holding a mirrored hat positioned on its' head. It also has long strips of carpeting cascading around the torso and limbs of the figure imitating a feather boa.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
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