Ain't That a Shame

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Acrylic painting over carving on a wood board depicts Fats Domino playing the piano on the roof of his flooded studio. Outlines of figures and objects are carved into the wood, then painted over. Fats Domino is wearing a turquoise suit and is playing a white piano labelled "Steinway". Over his head are the words "Ain't that a shame." His studio, a small yellow house, is surrounded by water and framed by two telephone poles, complete with wires that are breaking off at the top. The studio has a sign in the front window that reads "Fats Domino Studio" and a sign over the door that reads "studio." In front of the house is a bright pink Cadillac, being flooded by water. There are small indistinct objects floating in the water in the foreground. The artist has signed the work on the bottom right. There is a small natural knot hole through the board at bottom left.
Topic
African American
Art
Communities
Folklife
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
United States--History--2001-
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
© Charles Gillam Sr.
Created by
Charles Gillam Sr., American
Subject of
Fats Domino, American, 1928 - 2017
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
acrylic paint on wood
Dimensions
H x W: 24 15/16 x 14 x 13/16 in. (63.3 x 35.6 x 2.1 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Visual Arts
Place depicted
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
2005 - 2012
Type
paintings
Object number
2013.207.3