Sift, 1992, 92.17a-c, 2013


Sift, 1992, 92.17a-c ©Margaret Honda 2013

Sift, 1992, 92.17a-c


Reconfigured sculpture:melted steel, copper, brass and stainless steel

Five elements, 2-3/4 x 3 x 13-1/2 in to 5 x 3-1/4 x 13-3/4 in |  7 x 7.6 x 34.3 cm to 12.7 x 8.3 x 34.9 cm

Collection Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Sift was originally presented in the Long Beach Museum of Art’s 1992 exhibition Relocations and Revisions:  The Japanese American Internment Reconsidered, after which it entered the Museum’s permanent collection. In 2012, the Museum agreed to my proposal to reconfigure Sift with the understanding that the newly reworked object would remain in their holdings as, essentially, the same work. Another reconfigured work, Fish Trap, had been in my possession so it was easy for me to intervene in what was a completed sculpture. Sift, however, was in a museum collection and subject to institutional oversight. This project was of interest to me and the Museum mainly because it raised questions about valuation, accession protocols, and ethical and other practices related to an institution’s permanent holdings. This sculpture is subject to future changes, but will always remain the same work.