Little Box for Starving Artists

Accession Number

Little Box for Starving Artists

Theaster Gates

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
wood, ceramics, artist's clothing, book

7 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in x 10 in (18.41 cm x 31.75 cm x 25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase made possible by Joseph and Annette Allen

Physical Description
A - Wooden Box - Notches on top of two sides for lifting the lid off. Lid Separate.
B - Wooden Lid - Paired with wooden box (A). Notches in middle for lifting lid.
C - Ceramic Bowl - Small round base with slightly ridged surface, more along the interior. Dark brown glaze that lightens around the top lip. Light semi-circle shape in glaze at bottom, on both the interior and exterior of the bowl
D - Ceramic Bowl - Small round base with a slighly irregular top rim. Dark brown glaze with specks showing the lighter underglaze. Lighter glaze shows more along top of rim, in a semicircular shape along the rim that can be seen on the interior and exterior.
E - Ceramic Dish - Four peaked feet on the underside, showing unglazed ceramic at tip of feet. Dark brown glaze with irregular specks and stippling showing lighter underglaze. Curved surface with four corners being the highest points. Bit of white material stuck to one of the feet.
F - Small Ceramic Bowl - Ridged surface that curves outward at top lip. Large indent in the side that pokes through the interior. Parts of bottom unglazed. Gray and white glazes with black specks, marking on bottom.
G - Small Ceramic Bowl - Ridged surface that curves outward at top lip. Gray and white glazing. Bottom has no glaze. Small circular unglazed section inside of exterior, marking on the bottom.
H - Small Box - Small box wrapped in a gray fabric with a bow on top. Gray fabric has some white stitching and red on the interior.
I - Men's Large T-Shirt - White with dark blue collar and sleeve trim. "Hyde Park Art Center" and a picture on the front with a small logo on the back. Some smudging on the top right shoulder.
J - Men's Extra-Large T-Shirt - Dark green with light green circular logo on front that reads " John Jameson and Son Limited", back has a small light green logo at the top that reads "James Irish Whiskey". Small light smudges at top on both front and back.
K - Hard Cover Book - "There Are No Children Here" by Alex Kotlowitz - ISBN #9780385265263

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Primary Object Type
found object

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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