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In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions, #4,392

Folk and Self-Taught Art
construction
In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions, #4,392

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

1985

Medium

Plexiglas, plastic, beads, plastic toys, and sequins

Accession #

1997.72

Dimensions

18 x 14 5/8 x 9 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Finster considered this crystalline work the most beautiful thing he had ever crafted. Encompassing the artist’s view of Heaven, it is replete with silver and punctuated with brilliant hues. Mirrors from top to bottom multiply the spaces held within. Underneath the roof, which is crowned with plastic jewels, dwells a motley group: warriors, hippos, jaguars, kangaroos, and an elephant with tiny pink ears. Angels swoop through clouds with painted faces, and in their midst is a minuscule Nativity. An iconic Finster sign reads, “Heaven is worth it all / Meet me there.”

Credit

T. Marshall Hahn Collection