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  • "Everyday Monuments,"(top) commissioned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2008, is a collective concession prize to working men and women who go unrewarded for their efforts. It exalts such unsung heroes through nearly 2,000 gleaming trophies. Jean Shin reconfigured each keepsake by replacing its sports equipment with miniature hammers, steering wheels, typewriters, rolling pins and the like. These props, in turn, transform the metallic figures into carpenters, truck drivers, clerks, stay-at-home moms and other recognizable types. For "Armed,"(above) the artist assembled a wall mural from uniforms gathered from branches of the military services. She dismantled the original garments and reconfigured their various parts. The collage of sleeves, bodices and trouser legs suggests both an abstracted landscape and a battlefield of dismembered body parts.

    ART: Transforming the everyday

    The Smithsonian American Art Museum has originated a spirited exhibition of contemporary art after seasons of hosting traveling shows organized by other institutions. "Jean Shin: Common Threads" is a particularly inspired choice in changing that predictable course.

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