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American Breastplate

Jan Yager, American, born 1951

Made in United States, North and Central America

1995-97; altered 1999

Crack vials, crack vial caps, nylon, steel, sterling silver, dice, quarter

8 x 25 inches (20.3 x 63.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of The Theodore Dubin Foundation, 2003

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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.