American Decorative Arts
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Designer: Judy Kensley McKie, American, born 1944
Manufacturer: Mussi Artworks Foundry, American, founded 1976

Alligator Bench



21 5/8 × 67 1/8 × 14 1/2 in. (54.9 × 170.5 × 36.8 cm)
Please Be Seated Collection, funded by Julian H. Fisher, B.A. 1969, in memory of Wilbur J. Fisher, B.A. 1926, and Janet H. Fisher
In 1977 Judy McKie began incorporating abstract animal imagery into her work to develop the personalized sense of vitality that can be seen in the Alligator Bench. Later in her career, she considered producing multiples of her work. Bronze casting was a logical technique through which to achieve this goal. The Alligator Bench is an example of this phase in her career. In designing the bench, she “wanted it to be ‘alligator-like’ without being too familiar or identifiable in terms of culture, politics, trends.”
20th century
Made in Berkeley, California
On view

“Acquisitions and Gifts 1993,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1994): 164, 166, ill.

“Light and Verity,” Yale Alumni Magazine (February 1998): 13, ill.

Kari M. Main, Please Be Seated: Contemporary Studio Seating Furniture (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), 28, back cover, no. 13, ill.

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