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Savoy

1988 Richard Yarde Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1939 Died: Northampton, Massachusetts 2011 wood and mixed media 36 x 30 x 6 3/4 in. (91.4 x 76.2 x 17.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1989.59.2 Not currently on view


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"It is my hope that the mural will serve to help all people remember the important contribution that Afro-American people have made to dance in this country." Richard Yarde, dedication brochure, 1989

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Richard Yarde's Savoy is one of six indoor murals that were commissioned by the General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture Program for the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, New York. This piece depicts African American dancers at the Savoy, a block-long ballroom in Harlem that flourished between 1926 and 1959. One of the dancers shown in this piece is Frank Manning, a major choreographer for the professional dancers and one of the many Savoy dancers who moved to the borough of Queens in the 1940s. Savoy commemorates the importance of improvisation and inventive dancing in the African American community. The completed mural was installed in 1989 and measures 10 feet by 12 feet.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - civic - theater

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group

Recreation - dancing

sculpture

mixed media

wood

About Richard Yarde

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1939 Died: Northampton, Massachusetts 2011

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