Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jackie Ferrara (American, b. 1929)

Stacked Pyramid, 1972

Cotton batting with glue on wood

24 x 52 x 13 in. (61 x 132.1 x 33 cm)

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Jackie Ferrara’s sculptures from this period primarily focused on common, yet also ancient, arrangements of repeating units. As with this wedge-like stack of units that combine to form a staircase, she made similar stacked works resembling pyramids, ancient Mesopotamian ziggurats, and towers, echoing the earliest architectural creations of civilization.