Tongue-Cut Sparrows (Gabriella)

Tongue-Cut Sparrows (Gabriella)

1996
Artist
James Drake, American, 1946-
Born: Lubbock, TX
Work Locations: Sante Fe, NM
Country
United States
drawing
Charcoal on paper Per gallery, artist uses Delacroix Sennelier spray fixative, 4-5 coats
Gift of Polly and Mark Addison
2011.302A-I

James Drake
Tongue-cut Sparrows (Gabriella), 1996
Charcoal on paper
Denver Art Museum: Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2011.302A-I
(c)James Drake

Dimensions
height: 52 in, 132.0800 cm; width: 72 in, 182.8800 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art
In the 1990s, James Drake observed the family and gang members of some prisoners in the El Paso (Texas) County Jail gathering around the jail daily, using sign language to send messages to those inside. He asked the signers to translate poems—from Shakespeare’s sonnets to works by contemporary border poets—into their language. He documented the project in a video, also titled Tongue-Cut Sparrows, as well as in drawings like this.
Exhibition History
  • "Showing Off: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions" - May 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (DAM)

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