Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
born New York City 1923-died New York City 1997
— Smithsonian American Art Museum —
Modern Head was installed in 1996 in Battery Park City, one block from the World Trade Center, by the Public Art Fund of New York City (top photo). The sculpture survived the destruction of 9/11 with only surface scratches and became a memo board for the FBI during its ensuing investigations (bottom photo). Note the white ash on the base and the windows blown out of the building in the background of the photograph taken by insurance agent Michael Fischman on September 21st. The sculpture was removed on November 9, 2001, for its protection.
Image captions on marker:
• Before 9/11
• After 9/11
[Additional artwork information on plaque:]
fabricated 1989-1990 by Lippincott Inc., edition I/I
painted stainless steel
Gift of Jeffrey H. Loria in loving memory of his sister, Harriet Loria Popowitz
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters.
Location. 38° 53.849′ N, 77° 1.427′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 9th Street Northwest north of F Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north. On the grounds of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 7th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Restoration of 800 F Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover DC / Gallery Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln Walked Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Patent Office Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wilkes Booth’s Escape (about 300 feet away); General Post Office The Daguerre Monument (about 500 feet away); Site Of The Old Carroll Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.