Jul 12, 2018

The Great Speckled Bird

The Great Speckled Bird

2013

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Color screenprint on four sheets of perforated player-piano roll

Overall: 28.6 x 610.9 cm (11 1/4 x 240 1/2 in.)

Gift of Stephen Dull 2018.53

Edition: Edition 8/12

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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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