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Chair with Painted Cushion

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
20th Century
Medium
wood, cloth, paint, glue, and tape
Dimensions
34 1/2 × 18 × 14 in. (87.6 × 45.7 × 35.6 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
Artist Ira Blount personalized this chair by painting a cushion to decorate the seat. Yellow painted Adinkra symbols from West African tradition adorn the black fabric, representing aphorisms of adaptation, good fortune, and life’s journey, among others. It is possible the symbols are a nod to Blount’s African American heritage. Just as the upholstery has an aesthetic and utilitarian function, for Blount crafting was both decorative and practical because the process cultivated peace of mind.
After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0078
Type
chair
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8834fd854-d2de-4a0f-86b7-6fc962cfe1bc
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0078
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