back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Strange Fruit

Modern and Contemporary Art

Search and Share Tools

Strange Fruit

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

David Hammons
American, born 1943

Date

1989

Medium

Rubber, wood, concrete, found objects

Accession #

1989.46

Dimensions

156 x 36 x 36 inches

Location

Currently Out on Loan

Description

Made of lowly, discarded, often ephemeral objects such as hair, empty bottles, and old tires, David Hammons’s art bears the pulsating energy of street life, particularly that of Harlem. The title of this work refers to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” a song that soberly describes a lynching in the South. The bare, curling branches of this shaky, makeshift tree recall African American hair, a frequent image in Hammons’s art. Its “fruits” consist of political buttons featuring prominent Black leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Angela Davis—emblems honoring the essential activism of the Black community.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lannan Foundation

Image Copyright

© David Hammons