American Ruff from the "City Flotsam" Series

Jan Yager, American, born 1951

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
2000

Medium:
Crack vials, crack vial caps, sterling silver, dimes

Dimensions:
3 x 19 3/4 inches (7.6 x 50.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2003-5-2

Credit Line:
Purchased with funds contributed by The Women’s Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003

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Philadelphia is not just Jan Yager's chosen community, it also plays a large role in the context of her work. She is interested in making her work both contemporary to her time and closely related to her location. After moving to the Northern Liberties section of the city Yager wanted to reflect the issues gripping that evolving neighborhood. She began combing the streets, making art from the urban detritus and the resilient seeds of nature. American Ruff reflects the artist's ten-year-long meditation on these materials and on Philadelphia's history. It is part of the City Flotsam series, which is built from crack vials, crack vial caps, cigarette butts, bullet casings, and other unsettling objects testifying to urban dissipation.