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The Big Slide

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Cady Noland
American, born 1956

About this artwork

Cady Noland has been called the “dark poet of the national unconscious” for her ability to exploit the physical and emotional debris of our culture. Noland’s installations highlight the ways in which public life is often constructed around ritualized images of pain, violence, and humiliation. The Big Slide is a stark, conceptual portrait of socio- political dysfunction. In her pairing of folded and crumpled American flags with a blind person’s cane, phone-cord boxes, or a high-reach pole, for instance, Noland juxtaposed a potent national symbol with comparatively disempowered emblems of mobility, probing, and contact.


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Contemporary Art


Cady Noland


The Big Slide


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1989


Metal pole and fittings, plastic phone cord boxes, cotton and nylon flags, walking cane for the blind, wire dishwasher rack, high reach pole, key rings


86.4 × 375.9 × 165.1 cm (34 × 148 × 65 in.)

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Gift of Donna and Howard Stone in honor of James Rondeau

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