Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
modeled 1980/cast 1990
—acrylic urethane, ﬁberglass, and steel armature —
modeled 1980/cast 1990
acrylic urethane, fiberglass,
and steel armature
born El Paso, Texas 1940-
died Hondo, New Mexico 2006
Gift of Judith and Wilbur L. Ross Jr., Anne and Ronald Abramson, and Thelma and Melvin Lenkin
Conservation was supported by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and its Advisory Committee.
Luis Jiménez began making monumental sculptures in the midst of the Latino civil rights movement. He dedicated himself to contemporary subjects that represented a racially diverse and working class America. Vaquero, which means cowboy in Spanish, is one of his most celebrated works.
Jiménez's Vaquero depicts an anonymous Mexican American cowboy in colorful and glossy fiberglass, a material often associated with low riders and hot rods. Jiménez intentionally titled his sculpture Vaquero to emphasize the Spanish and Mexican roots of the classic American icon. "Spaniards brought cattle and horses [to North America]," the artist once stated, "and Mexicans developed the whole notion of being cowboys." The artists thought it was especially fitting that Vaquero came to permanently reside in the nation's capital,
Luis Jiménez with his sculpture, Vaquero, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Sculpture ©1980 Luis Jiménez. Photo by Gene Young.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.864′ N, 77° 1.324′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 7th Street NW north of F Street NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. On the gate around the National Portrait Gallery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 7th St NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Daguerre Monument (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (a few steps from this marker); Discover DC / Gallery Place / Arena (within shouting distance of this marker); Man with Briefcase (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Church Terrell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); Patent Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); General Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
Categories. • Animals • Arts, Letters, Music • Hispanic Americans •
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