Jul 12, 2018

The Great Speckled Bird

The Great Speckled Bird


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Allen Rawson Ruppersberg Gemini G. E. L. at Joni Moisant Weyl

(American, 1944-)

Color screenprint on perforated player-piano roll

Sheet: 28.6 x 116.8 cm (11 1/4 x 46 in.); Framed: 38.4 x 120 cm (15 1/8 x 47 1/4 in.)

Gift of Stephen Dull 2018.53.d

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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