Panama Jack

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1984
Found wood, nails, and paint
37 x 16 x 15 inches

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Griffin clothed all these figures in specialized garments, especially hats, that speak of the wearers' literal and figurative identities. Panama Jack is a veritable Rosetta Stone for Griffin's sensibility. The figure's neck is broken; he bleeds from collar and wrist. His "hat," the proud, sporty Panama, betrayed a self-worth and ambition that provoked his being lynched. —Paul Arnett

Griffin clothed all these figures in specialized garments, especially hats, that speak of the wearers' literal and figurative identities. Panama Jack is a veritable Rosetta Stone for Griffin's sensibility. The figure's neck is broken; he bleeds from collar and wrist. His "hat," the proud, sporty Panama, betrayed a self-worth and ambition that provoked his being lynched. —Paul Arnett