Jul 12, 2018

The Great Speckled Bird

The Great Speckled Bird


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Color screenprint on perforated player-piano roll

Sheet: 28.6 x 184.2 cm (11 1/4 x 72 1/2 in.); Framed: 38.6 x 187.1 cm (15 3/16 x 73 11/16 in.)

Gift of Stephen Dull 2018.53.b

Edition: Edition 8/12



This work by Allen Ruppersberg is an evocative visualization of American folk music. It takes its title from the Southern hymn “The Great Speckled Bird,” and it is printed on a player piano roll for that song. Across the image, Ruppersberg hand-wrote the lyrics to different hymns on American motel stationary that he collected over a period of several decades.

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PR - Screenprint
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Gift of Stephen Dull

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