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The Big Slide

A work made of 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.

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  • A work made of 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.

Date:

1989

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 293

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Cady Noland

Title

The Big Slide

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

Made 1989

Medium

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Donna and Howard Stone in honor of James Rondeau

Reference Number

2012.110

Extended information about this artwork

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