Dancer with Flat Hat
Dancer with Flat Hat is a sculpture by Phillip Levine.
Description and history
There may be multiple copies, since sources give conflicting information. The Smithsonian Institution describes a 1966 silicon bronze, cire perdue casting that measures approximately 10 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. The sculpture is part of the Seattle Art Museum's collection (or was at the time of the survey).
Other sources describe a 1971 full-length abstract bronze statue, also known as Girl with Flat Hat and Pointing Dancing Woman, installed at the 15th Avenue pedestrian bridge by Schmitz Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington's University District. According to the Smithsonian Institution, which surveyed the work and deemed it "treatment needed" as part of its "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in June 1994, the sculpture was donated to the University in 1971 by the William G. Reed family in honor of Eleanor Henry Reed. It depicts a female wearing a flat hat and skirt; she stands on her proper left tiptoe and her opposite leg is lifted and bent behind her. She points westward with her proper right arm. The sculpture measures 6.5 feet (2.0 m) tall and 18 inches (0.46 m) wide and rests on a bronze base that measures approximately 5 inches (0.13 m) x 2 feet (0.61 m) x 2 feet (0.61 m). In 1989, when Levine discovered that the leg was broken as the result of vandalism, he asked to repair the piece at his home. It is administered by the University of Washington's Public Art Administration.
According to the Smithsonian Institution, the 1971 statue is often decorated by students, "with flower garlands, a muffler added around her neck, and shoes laced over her feet". Seattle Weekly said the sculpture "manages to look spontaneous and settled at the same time; her pirouette is forever frozen amid the collegiate bustle. The piece is anchored in motion, like other sculptures and drawings". It has been included in at least one published walking tour of Seattle.
- "Dancer with Flat Hat, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- "Girl with Flat Hat, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- Cronin, Mary Elizabeth (July 11, 1997). "Private Face of Public Art -- His Objects of Art and Labors of Love for Phillip Levine". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- "The Weekly Wire: This Week's Notable Events". Seattle Weekly. March 24, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- Jaramillo, Jake; Jaramillo, Cathy (February 5, 2013). Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods. Mountaineers Books. p. 85. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- Recently published books with local connections include a Phillip Levine retrospective, The Seattle Times (March 2, 2009), includes a description of the sculpture
- Phillip Levine: Myth, Memory, and Image at University of Washington Press, includes a description of the sculpture