John Outterbridge. Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series. c. 1978-82

John Outterbridge Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series c. 1978-82

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 420 The David Geffen Galleries

From scavenged metals and rags, Outterbridge constructed a “dancer” with truncated, or “broken,” appendages that sits, splayed, atop a box of ammunition retrofitted with an antenna so that it looks like a radio. The materials he used to make this work began as refuse—discarded objects picked up off the streets of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. For Outterbridge, assemblage provided a direct means of becoming involved with his environment. As he has explained, “The work engaged part of the experience of the reinvention of things.”

Gallery label from Take an Object, 2014
Stainless steel, wood, leather, sewn cloth, and ammunition box
34 x 29 1/4 x 33" (86.4 x 74.3 x 83.8 cm)
Gift of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin
Object number
© John Outterbridge. Courtesy of the artist.
Painting and Sculpture

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