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Sunshine (with Stripes)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1993
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Medium: Acrylic on cast plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 19 1/2 × 18 1/2 × 9 in. (49.5 × 47 × 22.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2003.89
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Interested in making art on the street that emerged authentically from the community, John Ahearn collaborated with Rigoberto Torres for fifteen years during the 1980s and 90s, making life casts of individuals who stopped by their South Bronx studio, producing a body of work that paints a portrait of the neighborhood. The two also collaborated on making life casts in Times Square, a storefront project that attracted the attention of the unidentified woman seen here. Torres saw classical beauty in Sunshine, and carved and painted most of the piece; Ahearn painted her face, seeing Sunshine as a Romantic heroine. Both artists are also influenced by santeros, the traditional religious and heroic figures depicted in statues in Latino communities.

Exhibitions:

"In and Out of Place: Contemporary Art and the American Social Landscape," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, October 19–January 23, 1994.

"Art with a Conscience," Newark Museum, NJ, November 22, 1995–February 25, 1996.

"A Celebration of Women," New-York Historical Society, March 16–May 17, 2004.