Mirror Casket

Created by
De Andrea Nichols, American, born 1988
Curtis, Marcis, American
Davis, Damon, American, born 1985
Lipman, Sophie, American
Nezam, Mallory, American
Laney, Derek, American
Vega, Elizabeth, American
Medium
reflective glass, wood, metal, caulking compound and adhesive
Dimensions
H x W x D: 16 × 69 × 36 in. (40.6 × 175.3 × 91.4 cm)
Type
coffins
performance art
sculpture
Place made
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Place used
Ferguson, Saint Louis County, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date
2014
Description
This hand-constructed, six-sided coffin is part artwork and part performance art piece, originally created to accompany civil rights protests, marches, and programs in the Saint Louis area. Constructed from plywood, the top section and six side panels are covered with mirrored glass. The coffin handles are made from wood handrails which have been affixed to the base on four sides using metal handrail brackets. The composition of the top mirror panel has been intentionally cracked.
Topic
African American
Activism
Art
Communities
Identity
Justice
Race relations
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.254
Restrictions & Rights
© De Andrea Nichols, Marcis Curtis, Damon Davis, Sophie Lipman, Derek Laney, Mallory Nezam, Elizabeth Vega. Permission required for use.
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Classification
Visual Arts
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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