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David Hammons, Flight Fantasy (1978)

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Walker Art Center

Date

1999

Institution Walker Art Center
Since the late 1960s, Hammons has been instrumental in the ongoing investigation of African-American popular culture, which has become the primary source for his work. He uses refuse found in his environment, such as chicken bones, brown paper bags, hair, bottle caps, and liquor bottles. Vacillating between two cultures, Hammons' work resonates with the human need for subsistence. An important addition to the Walker's collection of postwar assemblage art, Flight Fantasy explores the connection between flying, birds, and a celestial figure. Using found objects such as feathers, bamboo, and shards of 45 rpm records, the artist conveys a sense of flight and illusion. The work is also evocative in its incorporation of African-American hair as a critique of the dislocation of the black body in American society.
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Type: Commentary, object label
Source: Label text for David Hammons, Flight Fantasy (1978), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009