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In Case You Ever Lose Your Shirt

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
2011
Medium
ink and pencil on paper
Dimensions
Frame: 10 1/16 × 12 1/4 × 1 in. (25.6 × 31.1 × 2.5 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
Here, artist Ira Blount showcases his origami and calligraphy skills, as well as his sense of humor. Text on the left reads “In case you ever lose your shirt…” inscribed in green ink. On the right, Blount transforms a dollar bill into a collared short sleeved shirt. Blount works with the design of the dollar to create a white collar, and the Seal of the United States is prominently displayed on the chest. The piece illustrates how everyday objects can be converted into works of art, embodying the artist's humor and philosophy of resourcefulness.
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
2011.0004.0145
Type
greeting card
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8b93ceb5f-fc45-452a-a2f3-f4c01aae6aaf
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0145
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