American BreastplateMade in United States, North and Central America
1995-97; altered 1999
Jan Yager, American, born 1951
Crack vials, crack vial caps, nylon, steel, sterling silver, dice, quarter
Currently not on view
2003-12-1Gift of The Theodore Dubin Foundation, 2003
For more than a decade, Jan Yager has been scavenging the streets, making art from the depressing debris of civilization and the resilient seeds of nature. American Breastplate reflects the artist's ten-year-long meditation on these materials and on American history. This work is part of the "City Flotsam" series, which is built from crack vials, crack vial caps, cigarette butts, bullet casings, and other unsettling objects testifying to urban dissipation.