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New Veteran's Day

Thornton Dial

Contemporary Art

On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northwest, 4th Floor
 Using modest materials such as car carpet, wood, and wire, Dial constructs sweeping allegorical artworks like New Veteran’s Day, which recasts the honorific military holiday in the light of the reality of racism and mistreatment suffered by many Black veterans. Made when the artist was in his 70s and experiencing significant, if delayed, art-world attention, New Veteran’s Day is a powerful example of Dial’s large-scale formal abstraction charged with political content. Nearby, Dial’s colorful drawings of women at work and in contemplation explore the daily experiences of women in Alabama.
MEDIUM Woven rugs, carpet, cotton rags/shirts, velvet, wood (plywood, composite, solid wood, hollow core door), tin cans, nails, enamel, and spray paint, plastic, galvanized steel, wire, electrical cord, staples.
DATES 2004
DIMENSIONS overall: 86 × 73 × 16 in., 228 lb. (218.4 × 185.4 × 40.6 cm, 103.42kg) storage (with t-frame): 93 × 89 × 16 in., 440 lb. (236.2 × 226.1 × 40.6 cm, 199.58kg)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS There are two lables on the verso, one from the Museum of Fine Arts Houson, and one from the Souls Grown Deep foundation. If there is an artist signature, it is not located in a conspicuous position.
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.28.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2018
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CAPTION Thornton Dial (American, 1928-2016). New Veteran's Day, 2004. Woven rugs, carpet, cotton rags/shirts, velvet, wood (plywood, composite, solid wood, hollow core door), tin cans, nails, enamel, and spray paint, plastic, galvanized steel, wire, electrical cord, staples., overall: 86 × 73 × 16 in., 228 lb. (218.4 × 185.4 × 40.6 cm, 103.42kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2018, 2018.28.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.2018.28.1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2018.28.1.jpg., 2018
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Thornton Dial (American, 1928-2016). <em>New Veteran's Day</em>, 2004. Woven rugs, carpet, cotton rags/shirts, velvet, wood (plywood,
composite, solid wood, hollow core door), tin cans, nails, enamel, and
spray paint, plastic, galvanized steel, wire, electrical cord, staples., overall: 86 × 73 × 16 in., 228 lb. (218.4 × 185.4 × 40.6 cm, 103.42kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2018, 2018.28.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.2018.28.1.jpg)