America Is Hard to See

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This audio guide highlights selected works by artists in America Is Hard to See. Curators, scholars, and artists provide additional commentary.

621Marisol, Women and Dog, 1964


Marisol (1930–), _Women and Dog_, 1963-64, Wood, plaster, synthetic polymer, taxidermied dog head and miscellaneous items. 73 9/16 × 76 5/8 × 26 3/4 in. (186.8 × 194.6 × 67.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art 64.17a-i © Marisol / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

NARRATOR: The four figures in this group of lifesize sculptures by Marisol are self-portraits of the artist. Attached to the wooden head of the woman with the green skirt and pink blouse is a black and white photograph of the artist. The two women with revolving faces are plaster casts of the artist’s face.

MARISOL: They’re a casting of my face. It’s plaster. They always come out different. But this is myself as a child, the small one.

NARRATOR: In addition to the wood, plaster, and the black and white photograph, Marisol used found objects—such as the little girl’s pink bow or the handbag of the woman on the far left.  And, of course, it’s hard to miss the taxidermed dog’s head.  She particularly enjoys working with wood and continues to create sculpture made out of pieces she buys or finds on the street.

MARISOL: There’s no end to gluing and cutting and sanding. [Laughs]