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Robert Arthur Goodnough

(American, 1917–2010)

Dinny’s Stories: Dinny and the Philosopher—or—Sockplate: One Smart Cookie

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Artist

Robert Arthur Goodnough

Date

1997

Medium

VHS (color, sound)20:37 minutes

Credit Line

Gift of the artist

Object
Number

2007.017.004

Robert Goodnough—a native of nearby Cortland and an alumnus of Syracuse University—did not count(…)

Robert Goodnough—a native of nearby Cortland and an alumnus of Syracuse University—did not count his Dinny the Dinosaur videos and sculptures among his “serious work.” Yet—in a very literal way—these whimsical works sustain an enduring, fundamental theme in Goodnough’s art. In a 1999 interview, the artist recalled:In high school, I went to the Natural History Museum [in New York City] and saw the dinosaur skeletons. Seeing those dinosaurs was a tremendous influence and these shapes in my paintings always seem to me to have been derived from dinosaur bones. The bones were put together and they became a dinosaur. I put these shapes together and they become an abstraction. (“The Best Way to Prepare Bananas: Fruits of the Soul from the Permanent Collection,” curated by Matt Conway and presented at the Johnson Museum June 24-August 13, 2017)

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