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Shotguns

1983–86
John Thomas Biggers (American, 1924–2001)


Dimensions

76.2 x 101.6 cm (30 x 40 in.)

Accession Number

2011.1831

Medium or Technique

Charcoal and conte crayon on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

“Shotguns” are small, narrow wooden houses in which all the rooms are aligned behind one another; some believe they were so called because a single gunshot would travel straight through from front to back. Characteristic of the southern United States and possibly derived from African sources, the houses have become symbolic of poor African American communities. Biggers shows them occupied by monumental women who hold threads and fabrics, modern guardians of fate.

Provenance

Bernadette Lester, Montgomery, AL; by 2005, with Bill Hodges Gallery; February 2005, sold by Bill Hodges Gallery to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection

Copyright

John T. Biggers Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.