Lichtenstein’s Modern Head Gifted to Smithsonian American Art Museum

lichtenstein-modern-headIt was announced earlier this week that the sculpture Modern Head by Roy Lichtenstein that has been at the southwest corner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery since August 27 of last year was donated to the American Art Museum.

lichtensteinThe sculpture is significant in that it is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Modern Head was originally installed in Battery Park City, one block from the World Trade Center. It survived and was even temporarily used as a message board by the FBI, until it was removed from the site in November of that year.

The sculpture was a gift from Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who the Museum had approached with an offer to purchase, but who chose to gift this significant piece instead.

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