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Path to Paradise: panel IV

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The Patron Saint of Circus Apes Day Parade

2000
22 x 62 in. (55.9 x 157.5 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Collections Committee and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, 2006
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.6
Location: Currently on view
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This is the first work for which Schaechter employed the digital imaging program Photoshop to develop and design a complex composition. Here she began by scanning images of toys from a Dover clip art book of old toy catalogs, altering and arranging the figures into a parade of demented animals and sideshow clowns.

The subject matter and title grew out of the song “Who Do You Think We’re Coming For?” by her friend and musician Andy Prieboy, about the corruption of the music business. The visual language of the lyrics appealed to the artist. These lines served as a kernel of inspiration for this panel: "Diggin' Elvis cause he's funny/Crucified him for the money/Made him patron saint of circus apes jumpin' through the hoops.”

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