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Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Roy Lichtenstein

born New York City 1923-died New York City 1997

 

—Smithsonian American Art Museum —

 
Roy Lichtenstein Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
1. Roy Lichtenstein Marker
Inscription.
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Roy Lichtenstein
born New York City 1923-died New York City 1997

Modern Head
conceived 1974
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

Roy Lichtenstein began creating his Modern Head series in the late 1960s with the idea that man can be made to look like a machine and the image manufactured by an industrial source. This concept pervaded the artist's work throughout his career. In Modern Head he referenced the flat planes, precision, and abstract geometric forms associated with the 1930s art deco architecture and design.

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.

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Roy Lichtenstein Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 25, 2018
2. Roy Lichtenstein Marker
captions on marker:

•Before 9/11
•After 9/11
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.849′ N, 77° 1.427′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 9th Street Northwest north of F Street NW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 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 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 (about 400 feet away); The Daguerre Monument (about 500 feet away); The Old Carroll Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
 
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Roy Lichtenstein Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 25, 2018
3. Roy Lichtenstein Marker
<i>Modern Head</i> sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 25, 2018
4. Modern Head sculpture
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
5. Closeup of image on the marker
Before 9/11
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
6. Closeup of image on the marker
After 9/11
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 25, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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