Chicken Feathers

Accession Number

Chicken Feathers

Keith Carter

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

15 1/4 in x 15 1/4 in (38.7 cm x 38.7 cm);24 1/16 in x 20 1/8 in (61.12 cm x 51.12 cm);19 15/16 in x 16 in (50.6 cm x 40.6 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a centralized composition of three children standing outdoors in what appears to be a yard before a shed’s walls. Scattered upon the dark earth beneath their feet, the yard is dotted with white chicken feathers. The smiling children are wearing costumes and hats, two wearing shirts too large for them, so that they fall baggily about their bodies. The boy on the right wears white gloves and a pair of tight pants with white skeleton bones emblazoned on it. All three children hold ignited sparklers in their right hands, which send up vaporous clouds of smoke before their faces. The children’s smiling expressions and their outfits evoke associations of childhood play and whimsy, the incendiary glow of the sparklers imparting a palpable sense of magic.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of three costumed children holding sparklers in a yard.  On the ground there are chicken feathers strewn about.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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children (people by age group)
costume components
feathers (animal components)
fireworks (explosive equipment)
play (recreation)
sheds (storage structures)
youth (life stages)

26 Related Resources

Children and Childhood
(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
Visual Forms of the Avant Garde - a survey
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
PAST- F18 Makman - ENGLISH 313 - Fantasies of Childhood (study case display)
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
F19 Makman - ENGLISH 313 - Fantasies of Childhood Study Case
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)
(Part of: Kinder in der Kunst)
F20 Makman - ENGLISH 313 Fantasies of Childhood
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)

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All Rights Reserved

On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, Mezzanine ➜ M05 (Jan and David Brandon Family Bridge)