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Sing-Along American History: War and Race

Joyce Kozloff

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

"Out of glass eyes, moose teeth, and old bones," The Saturday Evening Post wrote in 1955, "Sam Kramer of Greenwich Village creates jewelry that makes women scream—some with horror, some with delight." Originally trained as a journalist, Kramer studied jewelry making with glass artist Glen Lukens in California. He arrived in New York in 1939 and was one of the first modernist Village jewelers. His work is characterized by a highly individualistic interpretation of surrealism and biomorphicism and is often figural and sometimes highly charged with sexual imagery. Kramer's understanding and incorporation of trends from important movements in postwar modern art raised his jewelry making to a sophisticated level, and he is generally regarded as the most significant American modernist jeweler.

MEDIUM Mixed media collage
DATES 2004
DIMENSIONS 32 3/4 x 47 5/8 in. (83.2 x 121 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Rudolph DeMasi, by exchange
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CAPTION Joyce Kozloff (American, born 1942). Sing-Along American History: War and Race, 2004. Mixed media collage, 32 3/4 x 47 5/8 in. (83.2 x 121 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Rudolph DeMasi, by exchange, 2006.71. © Joyce Kozloff
IMAGE overall, CUR.2006.71_artist_photo.jpg. Photograph courtesy of the artist
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Etching, collage, watercolor, pigment print, acrylic, and color pencil on paper
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