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De Andrea Nichols, American, born 1988  Search this
Marcis Curtis, American  Search this
Damon Davis, American, born 1985  Search this
Sophie Lipman, American  Search this
Mallory Nezam, American  Search this
Derek Laney, American  Search this
Elizabeth Vega, American  Search this
reflective glass, wood, metal, caulking compound and adhesive
H x W x D: 16 × 69 × 36 in. (40.6 × 175.3 × 91.4 cm)
performance art
Place made:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
Ferguson, Saint Louis County, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
This hand-constructed, six-sided coffin is part artwork and part performance art piece, originally created to accompany civil rights protests, marches, and programs in the Saint Louis area. Constructed from plywood, the top section and six side panels are covered with mirrored glass. The coffin handles are made from wood handrails which have been affixed to the base on four sides using metal handrail brackets. The composition of the top mirror panel has been intentionally cracked.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Art  Search this
Communities  Search this
Identity  Search this
Justice  Search this
Police brutality  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© De Andrea Nichols, Marcis Curtis, Damon Davis, Sophie Lipman, Derek Laney, Mallory Nezam, Elizabeth Vega
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse, C 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture