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Richard Ross

(New York City, NY, 1947 - )

Louisiana State Penn, Angola, LA. Red Hat Cell Window - 2005-2- 15 from the series Architecture of Authority, 2005
Chromogenic print on paper
8 5/16 x 8 3/16 in. (211.14 x 207.96 mm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Transfer gift from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, gift of Susan Bower
Accession Number: P2015.17.84

Commentary
The Red Hat cellblock was built in 1934, after Captain John Singleton and Officer J. Fletcher were killed by inmate/escape artist Charlie Frazier. The cellblock received its unique name, because convicts who were confined there wore hats which had been dipped in red paint to distinguish them from other offenders. The location also served to house Death Row offenders, and in 1957 a wooden annex to house the state’s electric chair was built. Eleven executions were held at the annex between 1957 and 1961.
-Angola Museum, Rededication of Red Hat Cell Block, May 25, 2012

Materials
Chromogenic contact print

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 8 5/16 x 8 3/16 in. (211.14 x 207.96 mm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279.4 x 215.9 mm)

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