Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Man with Briefcase
—Cor-Ten steel —
Man with Briefcase
born Boston, MA 1942
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Thelma and Melvin Lenkin and Julie Walters and Sam Rose in honor of Elizabeth Broun, Director from 1989 to 2016, 2016.48
Jonathan Borofsky's monumental silhouette of a man carrying a briefcase portrays an urban Everyman. The artist was inspired in 1979 by a newspaper advertisement for men's suits and subsequently made this archetypal office worker a recurring theme in his work. The number on the figure's leg, "3277542," reflects the artist's habit of "signing" his pieces with a number from a continuous sequence.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.893′ N, 77° 1.323′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street NW and G Street NW, on the left when traveling north on 7th Street NW. Touch for map. On the fence 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. Vaquero (within shouting distance of this The Daguerre Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover DC / Gallery Place / Arena (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patent Office Building (about 400 feet away); Mary Church Terrell (about 400 feet away); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln Walked Here (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
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