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Color screenprint on perforated player-piano roll
Sheet: 28.6 x 111.1 cm (11 1/4 x 43 3/4 in.); Framed: 38.6 x 113.4 cm (15 3/16 x 44 5/8 in.)
Gift of Stephen Dull 2018.53.c
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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