Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: This Thursday

July 11, 2013 in Community News

Art Signs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum – TOMORROW

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 p.m. for our next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL!

Art Signs Gallery Guide Erikson Young will discuss two large outdoor sculptures that adorn the perimeter of our museum.

On the south side of the museum, Modern Head by Roy Lichtenstein stands thirty-one feet tall and is made of stainless steel painted blue. The sculpture is part of a series Lichtenstein began in the late 1960s that explored the idea of creating images of human figures that look like machines.  In 1996, Modern Head was installed one block from the World Trade Center in New York City. The sculpture survived the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with only surface scratches and was temporarily used by the FBI as a message board during its investigations.

Luis Jiménez’s fiberglass sculpture Vaquero greets visitors at the museum’s north entrance.  Jiménez intended his sculpture to be an unconventional take on the traditional equestrian monument.  Washington is full of monuments depicting men on horses, commemorating military generals, leaders and heroes.  Since ancient times, horses in equestrian monuments have usually been shown walking, standing, or rearing onto their hind legs. But the Vaquero’s horse literally “bucks” tradition with its two front feet planted on the base and his hind legs in the air.

When:  Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk

Metro: Gallery Place

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Check out Arts Signs online:  http://americanart.si.edu/education/asl/


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