Title of Work
David Rousseau 1
Date of Work
Super 8 film
Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Film Collection
Stored: JSP.FAST.FILM BOX 2
UND Art Collections Repository
Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Smith Pierce received his PhD in art history from Harvard University. During his career as a professor, Pierce also became an accomplished artist, whose artworks were included in important exhibitions (including a show on land art at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC) and books on contemporary earthworks and site-specific sculpture. Pierce was also a photographer, exhibition curator, and art collector.
About David Rousseau
David Rousseau was born in 1885. Unfortunately, there is very little extant information on David Rousseau. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that there is another more well-known artist, David De Rousseau, from Kansas City. However, it is known that David Rousseau lived in Belle Plaine, Kansas.
Rousseau created a model of a city composed of wire mesh and brightly dyed concrete suspended over a small pond in his front yard. The buildings were interconnected via a series of ramps. He died in 1963. It is unknown what, if anything, survives of his work although due to the obscurity of the artist and the difficulty of finding any information about either him or his work, as well as the fragile sounding nature of aforementioned work, this seems unlikely.
Digitally preserved 2021.
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