Gift of William Whiting and the Arthur Allen family in memory of Daniel Allen
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Kerry Donovan, Secretary, Education Department Speaking on Daniel Arthur Allen, Jr.’s Sunny Ducks
My name is Kerry Donovan and I am the secretary in the Education Department. When MAG staff was given the opportunity to pick a piece for this exhibition, I figured that I would likely choose a 19th- or early 20th century American piece—I’ve studied history for many years and tend to be drawn to works that speak to the context in which they were created, as art can be a particularly interesting primary source. And yet I ended up choosing Sunny Ducks, largely because I found it to be so unexpected and unusual. I actually did a double take the first time I saw it, not sure if I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Then as I looked closer, I realized there was so much to wonder about and explore. And I kind of like the fact that I’m not really sure what is going on here! I look forward to adding to my understanding of Sunny Ducks by learning more about the artist.
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