Skip to main content

Gorilla

Artist
Houston Chandler, American, 1914–2015
Date
c.1946
Material
Wood
Made in
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture, wood
Current Location
On View, Gallery 300E
Dimensions
8 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (21.9 x 19.7 x 13 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
© Houston Chandler
Object Number
1124:2010
NOTES
“Gorilla” features smooth surfaces, abstracted forms, and a masklike face. These elements are evidence of Houston Chandler’s search for “the simplicity that brings out the greatest line of expression.” Though the gorilla rests in a hunched pose, its muscular limbs, arranged in diagonals across its body, allude to its physical power. Born in St. Louis, Chandler was the second African-American student to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa. He returned to St. Louis to teach for many years at Vashon High School and direct summer classes at the People’s Art Center, the city’s first racially integrated community arts center.
Scroll back to top