Saturday, December 10, 2005

James Hampton's 'Throne' Returns in All Its Heavenly Glory - Washington, DC USA

In WaPo today.....

Our wondrous throne is back at the Smithsonian American Art Museum which reopens July 1 2006!

The Revelation of the Folk Artist
James Hampton's 'Throne' Returns in All Its Heavenly Glory
By Linton Weeks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 10, 2005; Page C01

Sisters and brothers! We are gathered here today to sing of "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly"! And when you refer to it, praise be, speak with the awe and with the reverence it deserves.

For this, my friends, is truly a most inspired and wondrous work of folk art -- pulpits and altar and oddly shaped stands fashioned from pieces of furniture and cardboard and light bulbs and tin cans and meticulously -- most ingeniously -- wrapped in silver and gold foil.

Wayne Boone packs up after helping reinstall the foil-covered work at the American Art Museum, which reopens next year. (By Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post)
Seriously. So majestic, so mighty and bright is this vast, multi-element vision by the late James Hampton that the Smithsonian American Art Museum has carved out a special, eggplant-colored niche in its renovated space to showcase the whole display -- well, most of it. Following a 6 1/2 -year renovation of the museum at Eighth and F streets NW -- with a planned re-opening on July 1, 2006 -- Hampton's "Throne" was chosen as the first work to be reinstalled. Read the article here

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