Lichtenstein’s Modern Head Gifted to Smithsonian American Art Museum
It 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.
The 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.