Black Madonna 1984
92" high
The Black Madonna was one of a series of standing female figures made between 1984 and 1985. She reigns in her dark and brooding world. A cast of this piece stood at Bryn Mawr College in honor of the artist Fritz Janschka, who taught at the college for thirty-five years. It was destroyed when it was run over by a car. In the middle of the night, a drunk middle-aged fellow left Erdman hall, a woman's dorm (where he had been doing God-knows what?). In the pitch black, he drove his car across 100 feet of lawn and plowed into the sculpture, knocking it over and getting his car stuck on top of it. The sculpture was crushed. Bryn Mawr decided not to replace it, first saying that they had no insurance, then saying that the sculpture was worthless, and finally just saying no. A proposal to place a new cast in the Rhys Carpenter Library for Art History and Archeology was turned down. This piece exists in an edition of nine. Casts of this piece are in Houston, TX, Atherton, CA, St. Paul, MN, and Bryn Mawr, PA.
Copyright © 2003, Christopher Cairns.