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Head

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
plaster and concrete (composite), paint, metal
Type:
sculpture
Description:
Made with Smith's signature application of concrete over composite materials this piece depicts a large head atop a metal post and is attached to a thin square base.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0004
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Lady at the Beach

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2000
Description:
Adorned with a pink swimsuit, sunglasses, headband, and beaded jewelry this reclined female figure is referred to as "Kyra Banks," fashion model of the year, by Dr. Smith.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0026
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Untitled

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Medium:
paper, water-base paint, ink.
Type:
drawing
Description:
Watercolor & ink drawing by Von Kohler
Cite As:
Ellis B. Haizlip Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Ellis B. Haizlip
Accession Number:
2003.0007.0002
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Escape

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2000
Description:
Escape pays homage to Kunte Kente, the notable character from Alex Haley's ground breaking novel Roots. Smith's figure has both arms raised with chains hanging from each hand, signifying the shackles Kunte Kente wore in the story when he was captured from his home in Gambia, sold to America, and then beaten by his slave master for refusing to accept an English name.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0009
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His and Hers- Patty LaBelle - Divorce

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media cement
Type:
sculpture
Description:
Depicts two headless figures with the words "his" and "hers" written on the torso of each. Connected by a chained platter this found object and cement sculpture alludes to how the process of divorce can cause people to lose their personal identity.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0010
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House Servant

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete iron cord (fiber product) wood glass
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1989
Description:
Standing at almost four feet tall, House Servant incorporates actual pieces of furniture from Smith's home in Aurora, Illinois. The wooden serving tray that the figure is holding was part of a nightstand that once stood next to the artist's bed. The metal tripod also came from his home.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0016
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Lucent Technology

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete adhesive metal
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2001
Description:
Cement and found object statute of a servant holding a telephone pad and pencil. It is a tribute to the Lucent Technology employees who visited Smith's museum as part of their company's "cultural diversity" lecture series.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0019
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James Byrd

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete textile materials structural steel
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2001
Description:
The artist memorializes the tragic hate crime committed against Mr. James Byrd in Jasper, Texas in 1998. Byrd was chained by the ankles and dragged alive for miles from a pickup truck occupied by three white men until he was fatally decapitated.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0021
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Randall Robinson

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete cord (fiber product) steel pressure-sensitive tape
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1999
Description:
Part of the artist's author/activist series that pays homage to Randall Robinson's book The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. This controversial book suggests that white Americans can begin making reparations for slavery and the centuries of discrimination Blacks have endured through monetary restitution, educational programs, and equal opportunities.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0022
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Slave Captured

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete wood chalk
Type:
sculpture
Description:
The cement female figure is seated with arms and legs outstretched directly in front. It is painted brown with green bands wrapped around the arms, legs, and waist. The hair is made from carpet fibers. Wooden shackles bind her extremities and a light socket is fixed to the top of the structure.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0024
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Cotton Picker - Double-Sided Figure

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete chalk iron plant fiber
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2003
Description:
Using his signature motif of a two-faced figure, this work bears a large basket on its head. Smith says it is a "cultural [landscape] depicting pieces of the past by way of contemporary art. It is also as a planter."
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0025
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Guy on Metal Post

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete metal
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1988
Description:
Child holding the American flag atop a tall metal post. According to the artist, it was once located at the entrance of the African American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives in memorial to Crispus Attucks. Attucks was the first to die in the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0028
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Grandma

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
concrete wire mixed media
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1999
Description:
This found object sculpture that is covered in a layer of painted mortar depicts a two-faced woman standing with both arms raised. She is only wearing a colorful yarn skirt and has sunglasses fixated to both of her faces. In her left hand there is a light bulb that is actually functional, an electrical cord extends from the back of the platform. Written in the artist's own words Smith describes this work as a "part of [his] Sankofa series which instruct the wisdom of female structure in God, self, family, community, and society. Sankofa's proverb is "you can't go forward until you look back."
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0001
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Girl with Attitude

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1997
Description:
This work is part of Dr. Charles Smith's Women of Destiny series. It is a tribute to activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who is most known for her tearful testimony at the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1964. Hamer recounted her false arrest and brutal beating in a Montgomery County, Mississippi jail that occurred after she had tried to register to vote. During the Credentials Committee's televised proceeding she uttered, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired," words that became synonymous with the modern Civil Rights Movement.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0003
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Mardi Gras

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1989
Description:
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.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0005
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Lord, How Long?

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media concrete
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1993
Description:
This cement and found object sculpture depicts the torso of a young person praying at an altar. Smith remarks, "The prayer was, and is, an acknowledgement to God of the destruction and shame with the African Americans
community: gangs, drugs, AIDS, and family deterioration." Lord, how long? was featured in an exhibit catalog entitled Straight at the Heart that was published by Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1995.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0008
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Ebola

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
media cement
Type:
sculpture
Date:
2001
Description:
Dr. Charles Smith believes in the Sankofa proverb, "You can't go forward until you look back." That is why the majority of his sculptures have two faces as shown on this found object sculpture. The cement figure is painted brown on the frontal face, red on the raised lettering cascading down its chest, and white on the remaining body areas. This work seeks to bring awareness to the deadly disease, Ebola, which has plagued many African nations.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0011
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A. Philip Randolph - Instituted the March on Washington with Martin Luther King

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media, cement
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1997
Description:
Keeping in line with his mission to educate people about the accomplishments of African Americans, Dr. Charles Smith's subject for this cement and found object figure is A. Philip Randolph. Cited by the artist as a "vital part of the movement for equality," Mr. Randolph is most known for organizing the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. This monumental event is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech to millions that gathered on the National Mall in August of 1963.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0013
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Underground Railroad - Glennette Tilley Turner

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media cement
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1997
Description:
This painted cement figure is a piece from Smith's Underground Railroad series. It memorializes Mother Glennette Tilley Turner, an African American community historian of Aurora Illinois. According to Dr. Charles Smith she worked "to keep the legacies of the ancestors intact, respected, and understood." Her figure is painted, decorated with pinecones, and features a glass marble in her hand. According to Smith, the marble symbolizes a crystal ball that she uses to search for answers and see a glimpse of the future.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0014
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Chains

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Artist:
Charles Smith
Medium:
mixed media cement
Type:
sculpture
Date:
1988
Description:
A metal armature and composite materials covered by a layer of concrete provide the form of a chained figure suspended from its arms. Coupled with the wooden shackles the artist is telling the story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade that displaced millions of Africans from their native countries to the Americas. Bound by chains they were sold at auctions, thus beginning the destruction of the African family in the Americas.
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The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.
Accession Number:
2004.0011.0015
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